by: Steve Udelson Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With this bitter cold, no one should be outside without a warm coat but a lot of children don't have them.
That's why Chief Meteorologist Steve Udelson is leading Steve's Coats for Kids, which officially kicks off Monday.
This is the 10th annual coat collection and the goal is to help every child stay warm.
Mya, 3, and her mother were at the Crisis Assistance Ministry's free store picking out a coat.
The problem isn't finding one, it's deciding on just one.
Every coat was donated with many that are brand-new, along with some that have been gently used.
But all of them are needed, because, said Carol Hardison with Crisis Assistance Ministry. “The clients simply don't have extra money to buy their kids warm winter coats.
"That may be that medical copay you had to make," Hardison said. "That may be that electric bill that must be paid. It may be the day care bill that can't wait."
And that's exactly why Mya's mother finds herself here.
"(I'm a) mother on a very small budget and you have bills you know, like with this month it was between the lights and being able to shop for jackets," said Kisha Resper.
But because of this free store, she's able to pay the light bill and Mya is still able to find the perfect coat.
The coat drive runs through Jan. 15 and you can donate them at any Charlotte fire station, Ashley Furniture Homestore, or Showmars.
For more information, visit http://www.wsoctv.com/s/coats-for-kids/