Auto Dealers CARing for Kids’ Insides and Outsides

Come the winter, Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is making sure every Philly kid has a warm coat on their back and a functional liver in their gut with dual donations to Operation Warm and the hepatology unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Along with grants to important Philadelphia organizations like CHOP and the Philadelphia YMCA, Auto Dealers CARing for Kids partnered with Operation Warm, a network of donors and other organizations committed to ensuring that every Philadelphia child has a warm winter coat. They consider decent winterwear an important component to ensuring kids can stay healthy to keep good attendance records at school.

Operation Warm gave away their one-millionth coat in February of this year. Founded 1998 by a philanthropist by the name of Dick Sanford, the goal of their operation is to "ensure our coats find homes with children who need them most."

The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia first opened Auto Dealers CARing for Kids in 2003 in order to "formalize its charitable efforts" in 2003, according to their site.

As part of their Driving Away the Cold initiative, Auto Dealers CARing for Kids announced that they plan to give away 5,750 coats this Wednesday at the Philadelphia Convention Center, bringing the grand total of donated coats to 30,000 as part of the initiative this season alone, their press release says.

But what good is a coat if you've got a bum liver? The Auto Dealers CARing Kids for Foundation also gave $401,038 to (CHOP)'s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, this week. The division manages high-impact procedures such as liver transplantation as well as preventative and nutrition services relating to gastro-intestinal and liver health.

Regarding plans for the future, Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation president Dominic M. Conicelli expressed their intention to continue support for CHOP with their "2013 Black Tie Tailgate," which will again benefit the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition next year.

In other news, these punsters have become officially eligible for some philanthropic attention from my own, personal grant program: The Philanthropy Writers Who Are Entirely Sick of Foundations With Cheeky Names For Foundations Foundation.