The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is making $1 million in donations to the New York, Washington and Pennsylvania relief efforts, the company said today. Goodyear added that it expects that amount to be significantly enhanced through the personal donations of the company’s 100,000 associates worldwide. The contributions are to be divided betweenThe New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund to provide financial aid for rescue workers, civilians and their families and the American Red Cross.

“Our deepest sympathy rests with those who lost loved ones in the devastating events of last week,” said Goodyear chairman & CEO Sam Gibara. “Goodyear's gift allows the company and its associates to offer our support to the men and women who put their lives on the line to save others.”

The company has dispatched tire engineers to consult with New York City's tire maintenance staff to assist in any tire needs to avoid equipment downtime. Goodyear associates from several plants, who are trained emergency professionals, are in New York assisting in rescue operations.