Community Impact

2021-2022 GNYADA Coat Drive


GNYADA members came together this winter to donate warmth with brand-new winter coats for children in need throughout New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Participating dealers raised money from each car sold in November and December, as well as donated thousands of dollars more.

This year our members raised an astounding $90,000 dollars - over 4500 coats! All of which has been donated to Operation Warm and used to purchase and distribute new winter coats for New Yorkers in need.

In past years, GNYADA has been the largest multi-location collector of winter coats for the annual New York Cares coat drive. In total, GNYADA has been able to contribute over 80,000 coats collected from metro area dealers. The past 2 years because of COVID safety restrictions, dealers could not collect coats, so GNYADA turned to Operation Warm to continue our coat drive tradition. Operation Warm is a national non-profit organization dedicated to donating coats for individuals in need.

Families throughout the region are in greater need than ever this winter because of the devastation of COVID-19. In fact, Operation Warm has received nearly triple the number of coat requests than ever before – and the number continues to grow with each passing day. That is why GNYADA teamed up with them to support New York children in need.

“New car and truck dealers in local communities all over metro New York are some of the largest contributors to charities, but the coat drive is one of the most important efforts that they undertake each year in the cold winter months to make life a little easier for people in need of assistance. We admire their generosity and community spirit,” said Mark Schienberg, President of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

“We applaud the incredible concerted effort by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association to rally its entire membership of local new car dealers to provide warm coats to children in need this winter,” said Operation Warm Executive Director, Grace Sica.

Our 2021/2022 Coat Drive events were held at Helms Bros. Group, North Bay Cadillac/ Jaguar Land Rover Freeport, & Ray Catena BMW of Westchester.

The Helms Bros. Group donated enough to gift 600 brand-new coats to local area children from 11 different schools and charities in the boroughs. North Bay Cadillac and Jaguar Land Rover Freeport dealerships along with their employees helped to donate over 500 coats to children from 5 charities throughout Nassau & Suffolk counties. Ray Catena BMW of Westchester helped to donated over 350 coats to children from Westchester & Rockland Counties.

GNYADA would also like to acknowledge and thank the following members and individuals for their generous donations:

Bay Ridge Toyota
Mohegan Lake Motors
Bayside Volkswagen
Nissan City of Port Chester
Biener Audi
North Bay Cadillac
Biener Ford
Park Ford
BMW of Brooklyn
Paul Conte Cadillac
Bright Bay Mazda
Penn Toyota
Bronx Honda
Kevin E. Timson, Esq. - Personal Donation
Crown Ford
Ken Zweibel - Personal Donation
Diversified Automotive Concepts
Patricia McKeown - Personal Donation
East Hills Chrysler Jeep
Ray Catena BMW of Westchester
Eastchester Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
Ray Catena Lexus of Larchmont
Genesis of Brooklyn
Ray Catena Lexus of White Plains
Gregoris Subaru
Riverdale Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
Helms Brothers
Robert Chevrolet
Hempstead Ford
Rockland Chrysler
Honda of Valley Stream
Sayville Ford
Hyundai of Bay Ridge
Scarsdale Ford
Island Acura
Smith Haven Chrysler/Smith Haven Mazda
Jaguar Land Rover Freeport
Smithtown Kia
JLR Long Island
Smithtown Toyota
Toyota City
Kia of West Nyack
United CDJR
Lucas Ford
Vail Buick GMC
Mercedes Benz of Brooklyn
Volvo Cars of Queens
Mercedes Benz of Rockville Centre

For more information on the Coat Drive or to become a recipient contact Jennifer Lepurage at 718.746.5900 or