A shop in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood that caters to furry, four-legged animals has set aside a month to help collect coats for children in need through Steve’s Coats for Kids. “Even though we are a pet store, this is a cause that touches our hearts because children and pets can’t take care of themselves,” Kim Lovingood-Owens, Four Dogs Pet Supplies owner, said.
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 14 years, Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected over 150,000 coats.
“Community service is extremely important to Four Dogs because we are local and part of the community," said Lovingood-Owens. "We opened the store with the intent of being involved in the community and helping our neighbors.”
Lovingood-Owens sat with Lottie, her five and a half month old English Mastiff rescue puppy, and explained that it was important for the store to support an organization that gives directly to the people who need it most. “No one should have to be cold because you can’t afford a coat.” The coats donated to Steve’s Coats for Kids that are distributed are given free to children in need.
“Four Dogs hope that by participating in this drive we can bring awareness to the need and also show that every little bit helps! Everyone can do something to better our community.” Lovingood-Owens, said. “Even small gestures add up and make a difference.”
You can donate new or gently used coats at any area Showmars, Ashley HomeStore, Hendrick Honda or E.R. Plumbing Services.
If you have an inspiring story and you or your group is collecting coats for Steve's Coats for Kids, please contact WSOC-TV Community Affairs Manager Kevin Campbell at email@example.com
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