Fitness Resolution: Giving back through Steve's Coats for Kids

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Usually when you work out, you leave the coat at home, but a Matthews gym encouraged its clients to bring as many coats as possible.  The coats were donated to WSOC-TV’s Steve’s Coats for Kids collection. “Our community is what makes us great and what makes us special.”  Josh Rudolph said.

Josh Rudolph, owner of Burn Boot Camp in Matthews, NC had a coat collection this month and collected nearly 175 coats.  “We like to do things for our community.” Rudolph said.  “It’s nice to see when people work together and lend a hand. Whenever you are able to, you should help provide for those around you.”

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.  In the last 13 years, Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected over 120,000 coats.

Burn Boot Camp kept their coat collection simple.  A Christmas tree was placed at the entrance of the business, and clients placed bags of coats at the base of the tree. “We need to work together and help one another.  Whether it’s a prayer, handshake or hug, it can make a difference.” 

Rudolph is a father of two children, and said he has a special connection with helping children. “Children are our future and they are pretty special.” Rudolph said. “I want children to grow up in a loving community, and we wanted to help out any way we could.  It’s the little things that make the biggest difference.” 

You can donate new or gently used coats until January 14 at any area Showmars, Ashley HomeStore, Hendrick Honda or E.R. Plumbing Services.

Click here to find how you can help at www.StevesCoatsForKids.com

Click here for a map of Steve's Coats for Kids Donation Locations.

If you have an inspiring story and you or your group is collecting coats for Steve's Coats for Kids, please contact WSOC-TV Community Affairs Manager Kevin Campbell at kevin.campbell@wsoctv.com

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