Community Impact

Coat Drive

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GNYADA members came together this winter to donate the cost of 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 donating thousands of dollars more.

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 be able to contribute over 60,000 coats collected from metro are dealers. This year, because of COVID safety restrictions, dealers could not collect coats, so GNYADA turned to Operation Warm to continue its 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 received more coat requests by September 2020 than it did all last winter. That is why GNYADA teamed up with Operation Warm to purchase and distribute brand new winter coats for children.

“New car and truck dealers in local communities all over metro New York are some of the largest contributors to charities each year. One of the most important efforts occurs during the cold winter months when New Yorkers need winter coats. It is the enormous generosity of these vital small business owners, their employees and customers that makes the cold months a little easier for people in need of assistance,” said GNYADA President Mark Schienberg. “This has been a difficult year for all businesses, but auto dealers have once again stepped up to lead the way in helping those who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the economic blow it has dealt to so many families.”

Metro area dealers raised more than $50,000 – all of which has been donated to Operation Warm and used to purchase new winter coats for New Yorkers in need.

We’d like to give a special shout-out to 2 of our Dealers - Long Island Auto Group, which includes Jaguar Land Rover of Glen Cove, donated $6,000—enough to purchase brand-new coats for 300 children for distribution to the Mildred W. Fairclough Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that provides vital services to Long Islanders in need. The Premier Collection Auto Group at its Volvo CArs White Plains Location donated $5,000 toward the winter coat drive. This donation was used to purchase 250 coats that were delivered to Westhab, Westchester's largest provider of housing and services for the homeless, and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester for distribution to needy children.

GNYADA would also like to acknowledge and thank the following dealerships and individuals who donated:

Oliver Brodlieb

Christine Durkee

Brooklyn Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

Browns Jeep Chrysler Dodge RAM

Croton Auto Park

Crown Ford

Fordham Toyota

Fusion Auto Finance

Gregoris Motors

Helms Bros.

Hempstead Ford Lincoln

Honda of Valley Stream

Island Acura

Jaguar Land Rover of Freeport

Jaguar Land Rover of Glen Cove

Law Offices of Stuart Rosenthal

Levittown Ford

Lucas Ford

North Bay Cadillac

Paul Conte Cadillac

Penn Toyota

Robert Chevrolet

Rockland Hyundai

Rockland Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

Rosenfield & Co.

Sayville Ford

Scarsdale Ford

Smith Haven Mazda

Sunrise Toyota

Toyota City

Vail Buick GMC

Volkswagen of Bayside

Volvo Cars Queens

Volvo Cars White Plains

White Plains Honda