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Long Island Car Dealers Raise More Than $85K to Turn ‘Cars Into Coats’ for Kids in Need

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Janine Davis, Kiora Johnson, Curtis Johnson, Jack Weidinger, President, Weidinger Auto Group, Heather Connolly Vice President Partnerships at Operation Warm & Mark Schienberg, President of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (Photo by Ed Shin)

Representatives from Long Island charities received thousands of warm winter coats at North Bay Cadillac in Great Neck as part of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association’s annual coat drive.

Automobile dealers across Long Island raised more than $85,000 for brand-new coats to give to local area children. The event was held in conjunction with Operation Warm, a national non-profit that manufactures brand-new, high-quality coats and shoes for children in need.

Representatives from some of the charities who received coats attended the event, including Darlene Allen, of Mildred W. Fairclough Foundation); Kiora Johnson, of Blessings Plan; Sandrelys Almonte, of New Horizon Counseling Center; Wanda Simpkins, of Progressive Holiness Church; and Janine Davis, of Holiday’s Promise.

“Local area automobile dealers’ generosity and community spirit is well known, but the collective effort to raise money to help kids in need keep warm this winter has been extraordinary. It gives me great pride to lead the organization that represents them and to coordinate this effort on their behalf,” said Mark Schienberg, President of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

“Giving back is a fundamental part of the Weidinger Auto Group philosophy and I am pleased to join other local area franchised new car dealers to provide brand-new warm winter coats to those who need them most. Covid has presented many challenges for families and if we can help make a difference in a kids life by giving them a warm coat we will,” said Jack Weidinger, president of Weidinger Auto Group.

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.

“We commend Long Island’s local franchised new car retailers for their incredible collective effort to provide thousands of new warm coats to children in need this winter. They have gone above and beyond to help those less fortunate in the communities in which they live and work,” said Operation Warm Executive Director, Grace Sica.

Image 2 Heather Connolly Vice President Partnerships at Operation Warm
Heather Connolly Vice President Partnerships at Operation Warm (Photo by Ed Shin)
Image 3 Mark Schienberg President of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association
Mark Schienberg, President of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (Photo by Ed Shin)
Image 4 Jack Weidinger President Weidinger Auto Group
Jack Weidinger, President, Weidinger Auto Group (Photo by Ed Shin)
Image 5 Janine Davis CEO Holidays Promise LTD
Janine Davis, CEO Holiday’s Promise LTD (Photo by Ed Shin)
Image 10 The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association’s annual coat drive at North Bay Cadillac
The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association’s annual coat drive at North Bay Cadillac (Photo by Ed Shin)
Image 9 The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association’s annual coat drive at North Bay Cadillac
The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association’s annual coat drive at North Bay Cadillac (Photo by Ed Shin)
Image 8 Janine Davis Kyla Mitchell Heather Connolly Mark Schienberg
Janine Davis, Kyla Mitchell, Heather Connolly and Mark Schienberg (Photo by Ed Shin)
Image 7 Tony Anton GM of Jaguar Land Rover Freeport Heather Connolly Jack Weidinger Michael Convertino Service Director of Jaguar Land Rover Freeport
Tony Anton GM of Jaguar Land Rover Freeport, Heather Connolly, Jack Weidinger and Michael Convertino Service Director of Jaguar Land Rover Freeport (Photo by Ed Shin)
Image 6 Kiora Johnson Curtis Johnson from God’s Blessing Plan
Kiora Johnson and Curtis Johnson from God’s Blessing Plan (Photo by Ed Shin)

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