I’m all late. This event took place on October 21st and I wasn’t available to attend. It was mentioned in the Delaware County Times a couple days ago. The press release and photos got buried in my inbox but a comment on one of my other blog post made me dig it out because someone commented that Chester High didn’t have a coat drive this year because of COVID. Maybe this post will set the record straight.

The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation – the philanthropic arm of the Philadelphia Auto Show — partnered with the Chester Upland School District to provide 3200 brand-new winter coats to elementary school students in the district through its 2020 Driving Away the Cold Program. Approximately 9,300 new coats will be distributed in Delaware County overall. 

Families with elementary school children registered in the district were invited to receive one brand-new individually wrapped winter coat for each child in their family as well as grab-and-go meal bundles for the week. Now in its 13th year, the Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation provided a record 53,928 brand-new winter coats to children in the five-county Philadelphia region who need them most. 

Driving Away the Cold involves 171 local auto dealers teaming up to provide brand-new winter coats to area children who need them most. One in six children in the Greater Philadelphia region lives in poverty and with so many families also struggling due to COVID-19, a warm winter coat is now more important than ever. The Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation annually conducts a pledge program to help raise funds to purchase brand-new winter coats that are then distributed via 150 social services agencies, school districts, YMCAs, shelters, etc. in the area. The public is also encouraged to donate by going to http://www.morethanautodealers.com. A donation of just $20 will cover the cost of a brand-new coat.