Rallye Kicks Off Coat Drive

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From left: Nick Toomey, Tracey Toomey, Rallye Training director; Donna Athenas, Rallye Human Relations director;  Nefisah Sallim, Jack Martins and Mark Schienberg
From left: Nick Toomey, Tracey Toomey, Rallye Training director; Donna Athenas, Rallye Human Relations director;
Nefisah Sallim, Jack Martins and Mark Schienberg

Roslyn-based Rallye Auto Group recently kicked off the holiday season in a generous way, donating 220 coats to the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association Coat Drive. The drive is taking place on behalf of New York Cares.

Rallye Vice President Nick Toomey was joined by New York State Senator Jack Martins at the event. The donated coats have an overall value of $20,000. Rallye is one of more than 60 new car dealerships participating in this year’s coat collection drive. The new coats were presented to Nefisah Sallim, New York Cares Community Partner Relations Manager. The event took place at Rallye BMW in Westbury.

“It’s a real privilege to be a part of New York Cares Coat Drive,” said Toomey. “We are grateful to all our Rallye staff and customers who donate their lightly used coats in such large numbers to help others. Last year, our stores alone collected over 1,500 coats.”

“As the cold weather approaches, thousands of New Yorkers are 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,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. “I’m proud that new car retailers across Long Island and beyond are once again stepping in to help,” continued Schienberg.

In addition to the working poor, thousands of homeless New Yorkers will also need a coat to help them negotiate the harsh realities of winter—without a place to store their coat during the summer, 90 percent of our homeless population will rely on a donated coat this winter to keep from freezing.

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