The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation – the philanthropic arm of the Philadelphia Auto Show and the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia – provided 3,000 brand-new winter coats to students in the Chester Upland School District through its Driving Away the Cold Program.

Philly CBS3’s popular news anchor, Ukee Washington, was the emcee of the event held in the Fred Pickett Gym at Chester High School this afternoon.

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A new coat makes it easier for students to get to school every day for learning and in some cases it’s the place where they receive the only two hot meals they have that day.

The Driving Away the Cold program, now in its tenth year, enlisted 180 area auto dealers to pledge a brand-new winter coat each time they sold a vehicle at their dealership in September. As a result, a record 50,000 free new coats will be delivered to underprivileged children throughout the five-county Philadelphia region this fall.

One in six kids in the five-county area of Philadelphia lives in poverty. This equates to more than 175,000 children. The Driving Away the Cold Program ensures that as many children as possible have a warm coat for the harsh weather and frigid temperatures. The program attempts to eliminate that hurdle, which can keep kids from getting to school where there is learning, nourishing meals, warmth and hope for a brighter future.