EDENTON, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2005) — After watching report after report the last few days on the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, Colony Tire Corp. President Scott Creighton decided it was time to do something.
The dealership, which has 38 locations—including retail, wholesale and commercial outlets in North Carolina and southeastern Virginia—has donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross and another $25,000 to the Salvation Army to aid in relief efforts. “When you look at the TV reports from New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama, the devastation is just terrible,” Mr. Creighton told Tire Business. “We felt we needed to do something for the people down there.”
In addition to the monetary donations on behalf of the Edenton-based company, he said the dealership also is setting up collection areas at all its stores. Semi-trailers will be loaded with donations of water, canned food and a variety of non-perishable items. As soon as each is filled, they'll be trucked to areas as needed.
After receiving a call from a Tire Centers Inc. location in Olive Branch, Miss., Colony Tire also shipped 15 off-the-road tires to the outlet, which needed them for equipment doing emergency rescue work, Mr. Creighton said.
Colony has been in business since 1976.