Program provides kids with winter coats
Car dealer program provides children with winter coats
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.
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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.
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.