“As a mother of 5, I can’t imagine any of my kids leaving the house without a coat.” Nickey Ethridge said. This is the second year that Ethridge has helped organize a coat drive on behalf of Steve’s Coats for Kids at the Central Campus of Central Piedmont Community College, CPCC. “As a parent, I want to provide for children and hope that others would do the same. Steve’s Coats for Kids allows me to be that arm of support for someone else.”
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.
Ethridge, a three-year employee at the college who also serves on the CPCC Classified Staff Council, believes that she and her colleagues are doing their part in the community while committing to the college’s mission - strengthening the economic culture of its diverse community.
“It’s an honor to serve my community and to be able to give and help others. We should all come together as one. Not one of us can make it without the other.” Ethridge said.
Along with the Central Campus, CPCC faculty, staff and students can donate new and gently used coats at the Cato, Merancas, Harper, Harris and Levine locations. While each campuses’ coat collection ends on January 11, the Central Campus has extended its collection until Friday, January 13.
“If each one of us can do our part, then collectively we can make a major difference in our community.” Ethridge said.
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