Driving Away the Cold History
How it started…
Early in 2003, the Board of Directors of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia voted to formalize its charitable efforts and established the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation. In 2006, the Foundation embarked on a strategic plan to expand its giving and increase dealer involvement in its philanthropic activities. After evaluating its current efforts and the different needs in the Greater Philadelphia region, it decided to partner with an organization called Operation Warm.
Developed in 1998, Operation Warm provides new winter coats to children in need across the United States through strategic partnerships with donors and community organizations. Its vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, able to attend school regularly and has strong self-esteem. When the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation learned about Operation Warm, it immediately wanted to get involved. The thought of a young child not having a warm coat to wear during the winter months in our region was unbearable. In early 2008, the Foundation purchased 10,000 coats from Operation Warm to distribute to the less fortunate in the surrounding five-county area in the fall of that same year.
Now, nine years later, the Driving Away the Cold effort has blossomed into a program that involves 178 area new car dealerships that have collectively distributed more than 265,000 brand new winter coats to local children in need. The Foundation salutes these dealerships for their involvement. It is because of their support that the Driving Away the Cold effort warms the hearts of tens of thousands of children each year!