NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's freezing temperatures are a stark reminder of the difficulties facing New York City's homeless and many low income families this winter. To help, area auto dealers delivered more than 6,000 winter coats to boast New York Cares Winter Coat Drive. The coats were delivered to New York Cares distribution center at West 31 St. in Manhattan. New York Cares executive director Gary Bagley was on hand to receive the coats from Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA), whose organization coordinated the collection through the Association's auto dealer network.
"New car dealers have always had a strong sense of community and our relationship with New York Cares is no exception. Thanks to this spirit of helping others, GNYADA was able to present New York Cares with 6,000 coats that will be given to those in need. The coats were collected by 100 dealers and thanks to their generosity, and that of their customers and staff, the total number of coats collected by the Association over the past four years now tops 25,000. That says an enormous amount about auto dealers in greater New York, and I am very proud of them all," said Mark Schienberg, GNYADA president.
Thousands of New Yorkers will be forced to make a choice this winter between buying a warm coat and putting food on the table, heating their homes, or meeting other basic survival needs. That's why for the last 27 years, New York Cares has collected and distributed winter coats to thousands of men, women and children who would otherwise go cold.
Headquartered in Whitestone, Queens, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) represents over 400 franchised automobile dealerships in the metro area of New York, selling more than 550,000 new and used cars each year. Collectively, they inject $39.6 billion into the economy while helping to sustain a workforce of over 65,000. GNYADA also owns and operates the Center for Automotive Education & Training, and the New York International Automobile Show. The Association opened its doors in 1910 and has continued to serve the needs of the industry ever since.
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SOURCE Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association