Larry H. Miller dealerships are hosting the Holiday “Share the Warmth” Coat Drive to keep Arizona school children warm throughout the winter.
Now through Monday, Dec. 12, dealerships are collecting new, gently used outerwear for K-6 students in Phoenix and Tucson Title 1 schools. Northwest Valley participating dealers include Larry H. Miller Hyundai, 8425 W. Bell Road, Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram, 8665 W. Bell Road and Larry H. Miller Toyota, 8633 W. Bell Road, all in Peoria; and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, 13165 N. Autoshow Ave., Surprise.
Twenty percent of Arizona’s children live in poverty, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2022 KidsCount data. When children are living in poverty, seasonal clothing, like winter coats and hoodies, become luxury items. Couple the void in warm clothing with an inability to pay a utility bill to keep heat running, and children end up missing school because of health issues, like pneumonia or underperform when they are present in school. In response, Larry H. Miller dealership officials expanded its existing holiday coat drive to include all 12 Arizona dealerships across Metro Phoenix and Tucson through a partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Over the course of two years, Larry H. Miller dealerships hosted a winter coat drive at its three Avondale dealerships, collecting more than 840 winter coats for children within the Avondale Elementary School District. The expanded campaign is part of Larry H. Miller dealerships “Driven for Good” initiative, a giving program aimed at uplifting the communities in which the dealerships do business.
United Way officials will identify Title 1 schools in each of the cities where the dealerships are located so the donations are distributed directly to children in need in those communities. The “Share the Warmth” coat drive campaign will end on Thursday, Dec. 15, when a caravan of Larry H. Miller dealerships vehicles filled with winter coats, lightweight jackets and hoodies will deliver the donations to one of the Title 1 school locations in Phoenix and Tucson.