Students attending the Chester Upland School of Arts (CUSA), last week, were the first recipients of new coats provided by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation’s Driving Away the Cold campaign.
Eventually, all elementary students in the Chester Upland School District will receive a new winter coat.
“Providing these kids with a warm winter coat helps remove a hurdle that may prevent children from getting to school where there is learning, nourishing meals, warmth and hope for a bright future,” said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.
“It is amazing to see the impact that a new coat has on a child, his or her family, and the entire community,” Mazzucola said, “The simple fact is that warmth should never be a luxury, but many children go without basics like a winter coat. One in six children in Pennsylvania lives in poverty and that number is even higher in urban areas such as Chester. The gift of a new coat relieves a burden from a struggling family and frees up funds to use for other essential items.”
As volunteers, who included school district representatives and members of the Chester Fire Department, manned several distribution areas, excited children waited patiently for their grade level to be called.
Prior to the give away, CUSA students, dressed in orange and black tee-shirts, performed several songs and entertained those in attendance in the Chester High School gymnasium.