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‘Button up your overcoat’ a possibility for thousands of kids, now

Some 31,000 winter coats will make their way into the arms of happy youngsters over the next few days, the gifts of car dealers across the region who made promises to ADAGP – Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia – and its Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.

Inside among cartons holding 650 children’s winter coats are Maryann Bianco, Fred Beans; Beth Beans Gilbert; Jim Craig, Keystone Motors; Rosemarie Molyneux, CB Family Y; Melissa Moyer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County; Barbara Beans; Mark Donahue, Fred Beans; Ursula Raczak, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County; Brian Nesbitt, Raphael Horowitz and Phil Calvert, Fred Beans; David Penske, ADAGP volunteer.

As part of the group’s Driving Away the Cold program, the dealers pledged to buy a brand new winter coat for an underprivileged child each time they sold a vehicle in September. On Tuesday, October 15, a crowd of the dealerships’ representatives were on hand to unload 650 of the coats at the Central Bucks Family YMCA to distribute to local children in need.

Fred Beans Family of Dealerships pledged 50 coats from each of its 15 dealerships, up from last year’s donation of 30 coats per store.

In the six years of the Driving Away the Cold initiative, the 175 ADAGP member auto dealers have purchased more than 140,000 coats to kids in the five-county region of Philadelphia.

To learn more: Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation