New York Car Dealers Raise $100K+ to Buy New Winter Coats for Kids 

GNYADA member Julian Gonzales, general manager of Silver Star Motors, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Long Island City, NY, helps a young New York City student into his brand-new winter coat.

Showcasing the positive effects of local new car dealers in their communities coming together to help those in need, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) donated brand-new warm winter coats to the students of P.S. 179 on Feb. 21 in New York City.

The coat donation was the final stop of the GNYADA's annual commitment to giving back to the community and making sure children have the resources they need to stay warm this winter. Working with Operation Warm, hundreds of local new car retailers raised more than $100,000 for the coat drive and donated thousands of coats to more than 30 schools and charitable organizations throughout downstate New York.

"It warms my heart that during these tough economic times, people are still willing to make sure that children are warm and taken care of!" said Sherry Williams, principal of P.S. 179. "We are extremely grateful to the Greater NY Automobile Dealers Association for these wonderful brand-new coats."

For the past 10 years, GNYADA and its members have held this annual event, supported by local new car retailers. This year, GNYADA expanded its reach and provided even more coats to those who need them most in downstate New York.

"Local new car retailers understand that a warm coat can make a world of difference, and our association members are doing their part to ensure that children in our community have access to the warmth they need to stay safe and healthy this winter," said GNYADA Chairman Oliver Brodlieb.

GNYADA is proud to bring this event to the community and demonstrate the commitment of local new car retailers to the well-being and safety of children in need.

"Today, as we end this year's coat drive, I'm so happy that we are at this great school with all of these wonderful young people," said GNYADA President Mark Schienberg. "I would especially like to thank Principal Sherry Williams and all the teachers and staff here at P.S. 179. You are here day in and day out supporting, nurturing and encouraging these amazing kids to be the best that they can be. I am so pleased that we are able to support the great things you do."

Source: Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association

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