EAST NORRITON, Pa.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation will distribute approximately 31,000 brand-new winter coats to area children in need during the month of October. The effort is part of the Foundation’s Driving Away the Cold program, which will kick off its distribution activities on October 3 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. On this day, approximately 6,000 new winter coats will be donated specifically to the School District of Philadelphia. In addition, the Foundation will also present a $50,000 check to Mayor Michael Nutter at the event in support of the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund.
“The 180 area auto dealers who make up this Foundation are dedicated to improving the lives of children living throughout the Greater Philadelphia region”
“The 180 area auto dealers who make up this Foundation are dedicated to improving the lives of children living throughout the Greater Philadelphia region,” said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation. “Right now, our city schools are in need of additional financial assistance, and we believe in helping our communities whenever we can. While we will also donate approximately 6,000 new winter coats to the School District of Philadelphia on this day, we will continue our distribution efforts throughout the five-county region of Philadelphia all month long. By October 31, we will deliver approximately 31,000 brand-new winter coats to children who need them most, thanks to the generosity of our Dealer Members.”
Developed in January 2008 by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, Driving Away the Cold is a philanthropic initiative with one important mission—to provide new winter coats to underprivileged children living in the five-county region of Philadelphia. The coats are raised via a special month-long program where participating dealers pledge a brand-new winter coat each time a vehicle is sold at their dealerships. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation, along with its participating Dealer Members, has warmed the hearts of more than 109,000 area children in need (total does not include 2013 numbers yet).
“A new winter coat is one of the most requested items via social services agencies, homeless shelters, school nurses and more,” added Mazzucola. “We believe it warms both the body and soul of children and supercharges their self-esteem and reminds them that they are important.”
The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation extends its gratitude to Chester County-based Operation Warm, which will help secure the amount of pledged coats through its respective coat suppliers. For a full list of participating dealers or if you would like to learn more about the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation and the difference it is making in its communities, please visit www.caringforkids.com.
About the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation
The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Auto Show. Established in 2003, the Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) public charity, annually contributes funding and resources to worthwhile child-related programs and causes throughout the Greater Philadelphia five-county region. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of children and youth in the communities in which its Dealer Members work and live, by providing access to and supporting excellence in the institutions and programs that serve local children. For more information, please visit www.caringforkids.com.