Driving away the cold, with coats for kids


‘Driving Away the Cold’ will distribute 30,000 new winter coats to needy children in the Philadelphia area for the fifth year in a row.

A total of 6,876 coats will go to children in Montgomery County, with a large delivery planned for Wed., Oct. 17th, at 10 a.m. at the Lansdale branch of the North Penn YMCA, 608 East Main Street in Lansdale.

Started in 2008 by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, ‘Driving Away the Cold’ is a philanthropic initiative involving 170 local auto dealers, 57 from Montgomery County. The program has warmed the hearts of more than 108,950 children to date.

"Unfortunately, the demand for this everyday essential only continues to grow," said Dominic M. Conicelli, president of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation. "We are proud of the 170 dealerships that participated in this year's program, our largest group to date, and for their dedication to improving our communities.

“While we all wish this need was not present, we commend those who have helped us distribute this many coats thus far. Our efforts are nowhere close to being done, but we've hit our first milestone and soon enough we will be on to the next," he said.

Participants include: Acura of Limerick, Ardmore Nissan, Ardmore Toyota,  Audi Conshohocken, Audi Willow Grove, Audi Wynnewood, Bergey's Buick GMC, Bergey's Chevrolet, Bergey's Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bergey's Ford, Bergey's Lincoln, BMW of the Main Line, Bryner Chevrolet, Burdumy Motors, C&C Ford Sales, Carfagno Chevrolet, Chapman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Conicelli Autoplex, Faulkner Nissan, Fiat of Montgomeryville, Fred Beans Chevrolet of Limerick, Fred Beans Kia of Limerick, Fred Beans Nissan of Limerick, Glanzmann Subaru, Hopkins Ford, Infiniti of Ardmore, Infiniti of Willow Grove, J.L. Freed Honda, John Kennedy Ford of Conshohocken, John Kennedy Ford of Pottstown, John Kennedy Mazda of Conshohocken, John Kennedy Mazda of Pottstown, John Kennedy Subaru, Keyser Miller Ford, Kia of Lansdale, Lansdale Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Martin Main Line Honda, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington, MINI of the Main Line, Montgomeryville Acura, Montgomeryville Nissan, Murray Kia, North Penn Mazda North Penn Volkswagen, Piazza Acura/Volkswagen of Ardmore, Piazza Honda of Pottstown, Porsche of Conshohocken, Sloane Toyota of Glenside, Sussman Hyundai, Sussman Mazda, Tri-County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Tri-County Toyota, Volvo of Fort Washington, Welsh Subaru, Wynn Volkswagen, Wynn Volvo, and Yocum Ford.

For information, visit: www.caringforkids.com.