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Posted: 5:29 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The collection for Steve's Coats for Kids kicked off Thursday and there is a need to collect thousands of coats. Every coat that is donated goes to a local child in need and, for lot of parents, times are tight and there just isn't money for new coats. Lindsay and Tasha have a lot in common. They're both single mothers, both unemployed. They are now living together to cut expenses, and trying to provide for their five children. "It's very stressful," Tasha said. "Worrying about whether the power's going to be cut off, and where the next meal on the table's going to come from, things like that," Lindsay said. One less thing to worry about is trying to afford warm coats for their children. Crisis Assistance Ministry provides them for low-income clients through its free store, which is stocked in part by donations to Steve's Coats for Kids. The moms found a warm coat for Tasha's son Luke and for Lindsay's son EJ as well as their other children. Channel Garrison said the free store here is a godsend, because times are tough for her right now too. "This helps a lot because it's hard as a single parent to provide for three kids," she said. She was able to find coats for all of her kids. The Steve's Coats for Kids collection continues through Jan. 18. Donations of new or gently used coats can be dropped off at any Charlotte fire station. There will also be a special collection from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the WSOC-TV studio on North Tryon Street.
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