• Warm heart for community, bike club collects for Steve's Coats for Kids


    A Charlotte bike club is doing its part to get the word out about Steve’s Coats for Kids.  Faster Mustache, an amateur sports team, pedaled with their feet and and used their hearts to collect coats.  “We all have pretty great lives. You have to give back somehow, and Steve’s Coats for Kids does that.” Rich Dillen, Faster Mustache team member, said.

    WSOC-TV’s Steve’s Coats for Kids collects new and gently worn coats for local area children who live in need, and the coats are distributed by Crisis Assistance Ministry.  In the last 14 years, Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected over 150,000 coats.

    As part of a 15-mile bike ride, the club asked its members to donate new or gently worn coat for the Steve’s Coats for Kids drive.

    When Faster Mustache planned their ride, they realized that it should serve a purpose larger than just a typical ride. “To truly enjoy your time on the planet, you have to give back somehow,” Dillen said.

    This is the second year the group collected coats in conjunction with the Steve’s Coats for Kids drive.  “We hope that we all dig in and lend a hand to those around us,” Dillen said. “Give and then give some more.”

    Dillen said that the goal of Steve’s Coats for Kids rolls the same direction as the bike group.  “We’re super stoked that we found such a great cause. Warm kids, warm hearts,” Dillen said.

    The group said collecting the coats was easy and suggests everyone go out and ask neighbors, co-workers, friends and relatives to donate new or gently worn coats.  “You can be your own mini-coat drive,” Dillen said. “Each donation helps more than one person, it helps a family.”

    You can donate new or gently used coats 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, Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV community affairs manager, at kevin.campbell@wsoctv.com

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