Auto dealerships provide warm coats for children in need
The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation distributed approximately 31,000 new winter coats in October to underprivileged children living in the five-county Philadelphia region via its 2013 Driving Away the Cold program.
On Tuesday, Oct.15, the foundation delivered approximately 650 new winter coats to the Central Bucks Family YMCA and approximately 1,100 new winter coats to the Lower Bucks Family YMCA.
By the end of October, the program distributed, via a number of area YMCAs, social services agencies, shelters and more, a total of 4,080 new coats in Bucks County.
Among the agencies is Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency (BCCYSSA), which accepted donations of new winter coats from Keystone Volvo and The Thompson Organization, both participants in the Driving Away the Cold campaign.
Representatives from both dealerships delivered coats in various sizes and colors to the BCCYSSA office in Doylestown, bringing the total donation to 174, including 66 from Keystone Volvo and 108 from The Thompson Organization.
The Thompson Organization delivered more than 200 new winter coats in total to Tabor Children’s Services, which serves children, young adults and families in Doylestown and Philadelphia, and Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services.
Fred Beans Family of Dealerships pledged a total of 750 coats to be given away in the southeastern Pennsylvania and Hunterdon County, N.J.
Forty-eight dealerships in Bucks County participated in the 2013 Driving Away the Cold program. In addition to Thompson, Keystone, and Fred Beans, they included Keenan Honda, McCafferty Ford, Davis Acura, Team Toyota and Mike Piazza Honda.
Participating dealerships pledged to donate a new winter coat to a child in need for each vehicle sold during the month of September.
Started in 2008 by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, Driving Away the Cold is a philanthropic initiative that provides new winter coats to children who need them most. Since the program’s inception, the foundation and its dealer members have provided warmth for more than 140,000 underprivileged children living in the Greater Philadelphia region.
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