Charlotte students give hope and warmth through Steve's Coats for Kids


“The children like being a part of something bigger, and Steve’s Coats for Kids helps them give to our entire community.”  Shauna Parks, a school counselor at Highland Mill Montessori School in Charlotte, said.

For the past four years, Highland Mill Montessori School students have been collecting new and gently used coats for the Steve’s Coats for Kids drive.  WSOC-TV’s Steve’s Coats for Kids collects coats for local area children who live in need, and the coats are distributed by Crisis Assistance Ministry. 

“It’s important for our school to not just take care of our own, but to give back.  If we take care of someone, it helps them take care of someone else.” Parks said.

Parks has worked with women and children who transition out of homeless shelters.  “There are people who are poor and are forgotten, and they appreciate even the least bit of help.”

The school will continue to collect coats until their Christmas break.  “We just keep doing what we’re doing.  We hope that every year it gets bigger and bigger, so it becomes a habit of the school.”  Parks said.  “We hope that our students’ giving becomes embedded at an early age to help the less fortunate.”

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