Pro­gram pro­vides kids with win­ter coats

Car dealer pro­gram pro­vides chil­dren with win­ter coats

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

New car deal­ers in Ch­ester County will dis­trib­ute 5,922 new coats to the less for­tu­nate this fall as part of an area “Driv­ing Away the Cold” pro­gram. On Tues­day, they de­liv­ered more than 1,482 of them to the West Ch­ester YMCA.

In its ninth year, new ve­hi­cle deal­ers in the five-county Philadel­phia area will do­nate a record num­ber of 45,070 free new coats through the phil­an­thropic ini­tia­tive of the Philadel­phia Auto Show and the Auto Deal­ers CAR­ing for Kids Foun­da­tion.

This year’s con­tri­bu­tion brings the cu­mu­la­tive to­tal to 265,252 new coats given to chil­dren in the five-county Philadel­phia re­gion since 2008. It en­sures that as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble have a warm coat for the win­ter.

“It’s stag­ger­ing to think that one in six chil­dren in the five­county area of Philadel­phia live in poverty,” said Don Franks of JL Freed Honda and pres­i­dent of the Auto Deal­ers CAR­ing for Kids Foun­da­tion. “This equates to more than 174,000 chil­dren. Sadly, a new win­ter coat is one of the es­sen­tial items these chil­dren of­ten live with­out. Through our Driv­ing Away the Cold ef­fort, we are try­ing to change that.”

The coats will be dis­trib­uted through more than 125 dif­fer­ent so­cial ser­vices agen­cies, shel­ters, after-school pro­grams, re­gional YMCAs, and more. The non­profit part­ners iden­tify the chil­dren who will ben­e­fit most from this gift and dis­trib­ute the coats in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner.

The 175 deal­er­ships that par­tic­i­pate are in­de­pen­dently

owned with 38 lo­cated in Ch­ester County, in­clud­ing:

An­thony D’Am­bro­sio Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Audi Devon, Audi West Ch­ester, BMW of Devon, Brian Hoskins Ford, Colo­nial Hyundai, Cour­tesy Chrysler Jeep, Del Chevro­let, Del Toy­ota, Devon Nis­san, Euro Mo­tor­cars Devon, Exton Nis­san, Faulkner Buick-GMC West Ch­ester, Fred Beans Ford Lin­coln of West Ch­ester, Fred Beans Volk­swa­gen, Gar­net Volk­swa­gen, In­finiti of West Ch­ester, Jaguar Land Rover West Ch­ester, John Kennedy Ford Phoenixville, Kelly Chevro­let, Key­stone Volvo – Ber­wyn, Kia of Coatesville, Kia of West Ch­ester, Lexus of Ch­ester Springs, Maserati of The Main Line, Matthews Paoli Ford, McLaren Philadel­phia, Mercedes-Benz of West Ch­ester, Otto’s BMW, Otto’s MINI, Pi­azza Acura of West Ch­ester, Roberts Chevro­let, Roberts Honda, Roberts Subaru, Scott Honda of West Ch­ester, Sloan Ford, Sloane Toy­ota Scion of Malvern, Still­man Volvo

For a full list of par­tic­i­pants, visit www.car­ing­forkids.com.

To have an item listed, email the in­for­ma­tion to busi­ness editor Brian McCul­lough at bm­c­cul­lough@dailylocal.com.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIGITAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jim Har­ris of the West Ch­ester Area YMCA helps un­load coats as part of ‘Driv­ing Away the Cold,’ a phil­an­thropic pro­gram of the Auto Deal­ers CAR­ing for Kids Foun­da­tion. The brand new coats are ear­marked for de­serv­ing chil­dren in Ch­ester County.

PHO­TOS BY PETE BAN­NAN — DIGITAL FIRST ME­DIA

West Ch­ester Area YMCA staffer Donna Wat­ter helps un­load coats as part of ‘Driv­ing Away the Cold,’ a phil­an­thropic pro­gram of the Auto Deal­ers CAR­ing for Kids Foun­da­tion. The brand-new coats were de­liv­ered to the West Ch­ester Area YMCA and are ear­marked for de­serv­ing chil­dren in Ch­ester County.

Jon Still­man of Still­man Volvo in West Ch­ester and Jack En­right of Fred Beans Ford-Lin­coln in West Ch­ester help un­load coats as part of ‘Driv­ing Away the Cold,’ a phil­an­thropic pro­gram of the Auto Deal­ers CAR­ing for Kids Foun­da­tion.

Kevin Mazzzu­cola, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Au­to­mo­bile Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Greater Philadel­phia, opens the door of a truck de­liv­er­ing coats to the Ch­ester County YMCA and other or­ga­ni­za­tions as part of ‘Driv­ing Away the Cold,’ a phil­an­thropic pro­gram of the Auto Deal­ers CAR­ing for Kids Foun­da­tion.

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