Philadelphia Dealerships Team Up To Donate 37,600 New Coats for Needy Children | Edmunds

Philadelphia Dealerships Team Up To Donate 37,600 New Coats for Needy Children


EAST NORRITON, Pennsylvania — The Automobile Dealers Association of Philadelphia orchestrated a coat drive that brought together 172 area dealers to purchase 37,600 new coats this fall for underprivileged children.

The Driving Away the Cold program is the main initiative of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Automobile Dealers Association and the Philadelphia auto show.

Participating dealers donated the coats each time they sold a car in September.

This year's drive marked a new record for coats. Since the drive's inception in 2008, the dealers have distributed nearly 178,000 coats.

Stephen Kelly, owner of Kelly Chevrolet in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, was on site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to kick off the distribution of 6,000 of the coats to elementary students from the School District of Philadelphia.

"I've had a conversation and learned that sometimes kids don't show up for school because there is only one coat in the family and they share it," Kelly said. "Whoever gets to wear the coat that day gets to go to school."

Kelly's dealership also hosts its own gently used coat drive. That collection runs through January.

"Personally, I could care less if it sells any cars," Kelly said. "It's good to volunteer and to help the community."

Edmunds says: Kudos to the Philadelphia dealers for showing a lot of warmth.

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