If you’re reading this, then you’re probably within a population of people who follow a daily routine. Your routine may consist of getting up at 6:00 AM and getting your children prepared for school. That may include making them breakfast, lunch, and dressing them appropriately. But what if you couldn’t provide your children with the basic needs of shelter, food, or clothes? Imagine, the cold weather is beginning and your children don’t have a simple warm coat to protect them. This is difficult for some people to visualize, especially when their closet may have four or more winter coats.
Driving Away the Cold
Year after year we hear how children living in poverty go without basic needs such as food and clothing. Yet, we never consider the magnitude of how the lack of basic needs can change a life. For example, a new winter coat provides more than protection from the elements. In fact, a winter coat supports a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. In an effort to facilitate keeping our children warm, Gateway Kia Quakertown and Gateway Kia Warrington stores maintain active memberships in The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.
YMCA Distribution Event
Recently, staff from those stores participated in coat distribution. On Friday, October 19, 2018, Gateway Kia in Warrington and Gateway Kia in Quakertown both participated in the distribution of winter coats at the Upper Bucks County YMCA. For more information about the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation and the Driving Away the Cold program, please watch the video below or give us a call! If you’d like to make a personal donation, use this link to the More Than Auto Dealers website.
The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP). The organization is distributing a record 51,696 brand-new winter coats to area children in need this month. Approximately 7,000 new coats will be distributed in Bucks County specifically. The effort is part of the eleventh annual Driving Away the Cold program, which involves nearly 180 local auto dealers teaming up for the greater good. One in six children in the Greater Philadelphia region lives in poverty and a warm winter coat is one of the essential items they often live without. This program aims to change that.
It’s almost time to celebrate Halloween in Warrington PA! Traditionally, during this holiday people dress in costume and travel house-to-house shouting “trick-or-treat” in exchange for a handful of sweets. You must have thought about where this strange custom came from? To make sense of this celebration, let’s look at Halloween’s origins. They involve both religious beliefs and folklore.
Because Halloween’s origin is so vast, we’ll only cover the most interesting points. First, the word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates back to about 1745 and has Christian roots. The meaning of “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening.” It’s derived from a Scottish term “All Hallows’ Eve.”
The Roots of Halloween
The traditions of Halloween have influences from Celtic-speaking territories. Those territories include Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany. Some of those traditions have pagan roots, where they worshiped the dead, not the Devil. During the Halloween festival, people disguised themselves and traveled house-to-house. They would recite verses or songs in exchange for food.
Dressing up in costume and celebrating the dead are common holidays around the world. They are easy to trace. But, one of the most interesting stories is the jack-o’-lantern, and pumpkin carving. That tradition is rare and more difficult to trace.
A Lantern for Jack
It’s believed the custom of making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween began in Ireland. In the 19th century, people used turnips to act as lanterns. They carved out the hard flesh of the vegetable and placed a candle inside. But during Halloween, people caved grotesque faces into the turnips. They placed these lanterns in their windows to ward off roaming evil spirits.
A favorite tale associated with the jack-o’-lantern, is a popular Irish Christian folktale. This folklore describes the lantern as a “soul denied entry into both heaven and hell.” The folklore goes like this…
Walking home after a night of drinking, a man named Jack encounters the Devil. Jack tricked the Devil into climbing a tree. While in the tree, Jack carves the sign of the cross into the bark and traps the Devil. Then, Jack strikes a bargain where Satan can never claim his soul. So, after a hardy life of sin and drink, when Jack dies, his soul cannot enter heaven.
Keeping his promise with Jack, the Devil tells Jack he cannot enter hell. So, the Devil throws a hot coal straight from the fires of hell at Jack. Because it was a cold night, Jack placed the coal in a hollowed-out turnip to keep him warm. Since that time Jack and his lantern have been roaming the earth looking for a place to rest his soul.
So, the next time you’re walking home from a Halloween party in Warrington PA, think about Jack looking for an inviting home to rest his tired soul. He may just follow you. Have a happy Halloween!
Every day we see automobile commercials promoting the ability to connect smartphones to a vehicle’s onboard system. This wasn’t always the case, and until several years ago, we would never think to make that connection. Let’s face it, you’re in the vehicle to drive, not be concerned with interruptions from your smartphone. Supporting that idea, laws exist to prevent the use of smartphones while driving, and both Apple™ and Android™ have a “do not disturb while driving” option built-in. Read the rest of this entry »
When you have a long drive to work, you know the importance of the vehicle that helps get you there. The ideal vehicle for commuting is fuel-efficient, full of technology and safety features and has added comfort and convenience features. Today we’re going to take a look at one of the best cars for those commutes that last longer than you’d like. Read the rest of this entry »
When you are searching for a new vehicle it is important to be find one that has all the features and capabilities you need the most. It can be difficult to keep track of these various qualities. One element that often goes overlooked is the cargo capacity. Many drivers just assume that a vehicle does or doesn’t have the space they need. It can really help to take a closer look at this area before making a purchase. Today we’re going to help by clearing up any assumptions drivers might have about the amount of space the Kia Soul has. Read the rest of this entry »
Now that October is here, it’s time to start planning how you will be celebrating Halloween with your friends and family. Today we’re going to look at a few 2016 trick or treat times in the Philadelphia, PA area to help you decide which ones are the perfect match for you and your family. Read the rest of this entry »
The 2017 Sedona has just arrived, but it’s already winning awards! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just awarded the best rating possible, Top Safety Pick+, to the 2017 Kia Sedona. This is a huge accomplishment so we’re going to take a closer look at all the safety features that helped the IIHS determine just how safe the 2017 Sedona is. Read the rest of this entry »
Best Kia Cars for College Students
Here at Gateway Kia, we love selling new Kia vehicles to customers, but we especially love selling them to college students or parents who are buying the car for their college student. That is because our vehicles are affordable and efficient, which leads to saving money on gas and not costing you an arm and a leg at the bank. Here are the best Kia cars for college students. Read the rest of this entry »
Places to Watch the Eagles game in Philadelphia
What better way to spend an afternoon than watching the Eagles with your friends and family? But when game time nears, the question is “where should we watch the Eagles game?” While you could hunker down in front of your friend’s TV, there’s nothing quite like the camaraderie you’ll find on any given game day at a popular bar or restaurant. So, we have come up with a list of the 5 best sports bars in Philadelphia to make the decision making process even easier. Have one that you think should be on this list? Sound off in the comments! Read the rest of this entry »
Kia works hard every year to present engaging ads to audiences all over the world. They are most well-known for their ads featuring life-size hamsters, which are currently making a comeback. Now Kia is taking a different approach by creating ads with a certain celebrity. Today we’re going to help you learn more by answering the question, “Who is in the new Kia Sorento commercial?”. Read the rest of this entry »