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Dealers Donate New Coats to Area Needy

Dozens of Delaware Valley car dealers are participating in a unique program that will distribute 30,000 new winter coats to children in need.

Employees from area car dealerships descended upon the Lower Bucks Family YMCA in the Fairless Hills section of Falls Township Thursday morning to help unload 3,600 new winter jackets.

The jackets are part of the fifth annual Driving Away the Cold charity program, which will disperse 30,000 new coats to less fortunate children living in the five-county Philadelphia region. Organizers said the 3,600 coats will be distributed in the county.

“Unfortunately, the demand for this everyday essential only continues to grow,” said Dominic M. Conicelli, president of the Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation.

Conicelli added that he is proud of the 170 dealerships that participated in this year’s program. Close to 50 of the dealerships are located in Bucks County.

The Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation's Driving Away the Cold program began in 2008. The group just exceeded their five-year goal of donating over 100,000 coats to children in the area.

"The brand-new winter coats that are distributed through Driving Away the Cold are raised in two ways. The Foundation annually kicks off the one-of-a-kind program with a gift of 10,000 coats from its general fund to the overall cause. It then invites area new car dealers to continue the giving by participating in a special month-long campaign," according to the Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation.

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