PARK RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) announces the expansion of its Give + Go rental program, which enables customers to support their local communities through Hertz 24/7 hourly car rentals. The goal of the program is to make everyday activities, like renting a car or running errands, contribute to healthier, happier communities; Hertz Give + Go donates the proceeds from the first hour of every Hertz 24/7 Give + Go rental to Operation Support Our Troops. Through the partnership, more than 10,000 pounds of care packages will be delivered to U.S. troops overseas. Each Hertz 24/7 rental in a Give + Go car will provide four deployed U.S. troops with personalized care packages from home.
"Hertz launched its Hertz for Heroes program to honor and support the nation's military personnel, those brave men and women whose personal mission is to protect our country," said Mark Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This year, we're excited to partner with Operation Support our Troops America, a dedicated group that aims to provide military personnel and their families with support while deployed as well continued assistance once back home. By donating the first hour of every Hertz Give + Go rental to Operation Support our Troops, we will deliver more than 10,000 pounds of care packages to those serving overseas."
Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) provides Care and Comfort Packages to active duty military through its volunteer, partnership and donations efforts. Packages contain 25 pounds of comfort items that troops either cannot get from their PX or that are just not the same as what's available state-side. In addition, each package contains letters from people in the local community expressing their support of our military. Launched in 2003 by a couple of army moms, the program, today, operates from two warehouses in the Chicago area. Items for the packages are collected from business partners, church groups, schools, and community organizations and the program provides a way for the average citizen to show support for military members."Operation Support Our Troops is dedicated to supporting 'America's Sons and Daughters' while they serve overseas and also upon return to the states," said Deb Rickert, Founder, Operation Support Our Troops. "To date, we've delivered more than 1.3 million pounds of goods to troops deployed around the world and we've grown to be one of the largest volunteer based military support organizations in the country. We provide tens of thousands of service members with care and comfort packages from home annually through volunteer efforts, donations and partnerships with companies like Hertz." Hertz 24/7 Give + Go partnership with Operation Support Our Troops was selected by local Chicago residents and customers via online and event voting, more than 16,000 online votes were cast. Give + Go vehicles are selected with sustainable mobility in mind. Every car is fuel efficient (38+ MPG), hybrid or alternative fuel (CNG or clean diesel). The Hertz Give + Go OSOT car is available at 2828 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL. Hertz launched Give + Go earlier this year during NBA Green Week in partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Hertz for Heroes, a project initiated by Hertz employees with military backgrounds, was formerly launched in 2011 when the company donated 40,000 free weekend rentals to vets returning home from overseas. Hertz for Heroes was expanded when the Company joined the White House's Veteran's Hiring Initiative, Joining Forces, led by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden. In support of Joining Forces, Hertz launched a military hiring portal, http://hertz.jobs/military that allows veterans and their family members to view and apply for available Hertz jobs across all company divisions. To date, Hertz has hired more than 300 veterans, meeting its commitment to the Joining Forces initiative. For more information or reservations, visit www.Hertz247.com. About Operation Support Our Troops AmericaOur mission is to support the morale and wellbeing of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families both while they are deployed in harm's way and after their return. As a volunteer based non-profit organization, we provide the opportunity for our community members to express their appreciation and also offer support for our troops. http://www.osotamerica.org/ About HertzHertz operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 111 major airports in Europe. Dollar and Thrifty have approximately 1,580 corporate and franchisee locations in approximately 80 countries. Hertz is an inaugural member of Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Hall of Fame and was recently named, for the thirteenth time, by the magazine's readers as the Best Car Rental Agency. Hertz was also voted the Best Overall Car Rental Company in Zagat's 2013/14 U.S. Car Rental Survey, earning top honors in 10 additional categories, and the Company swept the global awards for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from FlyerTalk.com. Product and services such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline, Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation and operates the Hertz On Demand car sharing business. The Company also owns a leading North American equipment rental business, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, which includes Hertz Entertainment Services. SOURCE The Hertz Corporation