- Auto dealers in the New York area have donated more than 3,000 winter coats to those in need.
- The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association organized the effort on behalf of the annual New York Cares Coat Drive.
- The dealers beat their original goal by more than 500 percent, making theirs the largest single donation ever to the annual drive.
NEW YORK — In the midst of one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record, auto dealers in the New York metropolitan area have donated more than 3,000 coats to those in need.
The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association teamed up with New York Cares, the city's largest volunteer management organization, to collect the coats for the 25th annual New York Cares Coat Drive. The coats were then distributed through local nonprofit social service agencies, churches, schools and shelters.
The auto dealers surpassed their original goal of collecting 500 coats by an impressive 500 percent, making theirs the largest donation ever by a single organization to the New York Cares Coat Drive.
Clearly, those coats are sorely needed.
Said Gary Bagley, executive director of New York Cares: "We haven't yet collected half of the more than 100,000 requests for winter coats we've received, so we are especially grateful to the GNYADA and its members for such an enormous donation in these final weeks of the drive."
The GNYADA may be best known for organizing the New York auto show, being held this year April 18-27, but the Association's 650 new-car dealers are also heavily involved in community activities.
In addition to the coat drive, they have donated vehicles to raise funds for local hospitals and colleges, raised money for scholarships for students pursuing careers in the auto industry, supported Red Cross relief efforts and purchased CPR-training mannequins for area hospitals and fire departments.
Edmunds says: With the Northeast being hit so hard this winter, it's good to see local auto dealers rallying to support the community.