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Posted: 9:18 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
On Tuesday, Eyewitness News said thank you a lot at the Channel 9 Studios, and on Tuesday night we are saying it about 5,000 times over. That is how many coats viewers brought by the studios on Tuesday for the special collection of Steve's Coats for Kids.
As Chief Meteorologist Steve Udelson said, every one of those coats is important. Some donors needed a little boost to get their coats in our collection bin while others, like members of the Charlotte Fire Department, came loaded down with hundreds of coats. "Our folks are in the field every day, dealing with folks in some of the worst situations they can be in," said Charlotte Fire Department Chief Jon Hannan. Tuesday was about helping those children who don't have what many of us take for granted -- a warm winter coat.
Joasia Perry, 6, understood the need. "Because so other people can get warm," said Perry. And so did the members of the Swerve Kings Auto Club, who brought bags and bags of coats. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools donated nearly 2,000 coats, which will end up helping a lot of their own students.
And a donation that went beyond just coats, 4,300 pairs of socks and gloves, from our friends at the HandsNFeet Foundation. "Today's a cold day, go outside for a few minutes without your coat and your gloves on and then go back inside and get something that you can donate to the folks," said Clay Peddycord with HandsNFeet. In fact, Charlotte has a lot of cold days ahead, but thanks to your donations, they won't "feel" quite as cold, for thousands of local children. And for that, we say thank you. All of those coats are already at Crisis Assistance Ministry where they will be sorted and then distributed to local children in need. The collection continues through Friday. Coats can be dropped off to any local fire station.
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