Did you know that one in six children in our community lives in poverty? Did you know that the federal definition of poverty is a family of four living on an annual income below $24,250? In Pennsylvania, 515,000 children currently live in poverty, without the daily essentials most of us rely on, including a warm winter coat.
Driving Away the Cold was designed to ensure that financial classifications do not define the lives of these children. It’s a unique program with the simple mission of giving new coats to underprivileged children who would otherwise not have them. The gift of a new coat warms the body and soul of a child in need. It can supercharge the recipient’s self-esteem and helps him or her to arrive to school warm, on time, ready to learn. It reminds that child that he or she is important.
Since 2008, the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation’s Driving Away the Cold program has given the gift of warmth and confidence to more than 220,000 disadvantaged children.
On October 23, 2017, The Ivins Outreach Center received 400 coats for the community and 264 coats for The Giving Tree from Driving Away the Cold’s community partner the Lower Bucks Family YMCA.
Sonny Barnes and Tanya Argueta unload coats at Manor Elementary School.