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FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Nissan North America is offering its support to help Tennesseans recover from the flooding that devastated the state where it is headquartered. 

Nissan donated $200,000 in cash to the American Red Cross in Middle Tennessee and $50,000 cash to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Moreover, the company said it will match up to $50,000 of what its employees donate to either of these two charitable organizations. 

The flooding was close to home for Nissan, which has more than 5,900 employees in Tennessee, houses its American headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., and has a major manufacturing presence in Smyrna, Tenn. 

"Nissan is proud to have a strategic partnership with American Red Cross," said Nissan's Bill Krueger. "The Red Cross is an agency that can act quickly to assess and react to disasters. Their first-response capabilities have made the difference in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee." 

Nissan is also offering people who lost their rides as a result of the floods employee pricing and delayed finance payments. 

This will be provided through June 30. Consumers eligible for the offering include any resident of Tennessee or bordering Kentucky counties who can show proof of damage to vehicle from the flooding. Nissan encourages these consumers to work with dealers to take advantage of the program. 

"Due to this devastating storm, many area residents have been left without a means of personal transportation," stated Brian Carolin, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Nissan North America. "Nissan is offering employee pricing to flood victims as one way to help them return to normal." 

Explaining Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.'s payment delay plan in more detail, officials said it lets customers postpone up three vehicle payments without having to incur an extension fees. 

"The American Red Cross is incredibly grateful for Nissan's ongoing support," said Joel Sullivan, chief executive officer for the Nashville area chapter of the American Red Cross. 

"Whether it's Rutherford County, Davidson County, Mississippi or across the world in Haiti, Nissan is always one of the first corporations reaching out to offer their support," Sullivan added. "Nissan's culture replicates the values of the American Red Cross by always being a first responder, and we take pride in serving on their behalf."