• Chief meteorologist Steve Udelson getting early start on his annual coat drive

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    Temps are high, but Channel 9’s chief meteorologist Steve Udelson is preparing for an early start for his annual Steve’s Coats for Kids collection.

    On Saturday, Udelson will hold a special collection at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Any attendee who brings a coat donation from 10 a.m. to noon will receive a free child admission ticket.

    WSOC-TV's Steve’s Coats for Kids campaign is a part of the Channel 9 Family Focus brand and was introduced in 2005. Udelson asks viewers to donate new or gently used children’s coats of all sizes for needy children in the Charlotte area. The Steve’s Coats for Kids campaign runs from now until Jan. 13, 2019. 

    All coat donations are distributed through Crisis Assistance Ministry serving the Charlotte area since 1975. An independent nonprofit agency, Crisis Assistance Ministry focuses on preventing homelessness and preserving dignity for Charlotte-Mecklenburg's working poor -- providing assistance with rent, utilities, clothing and furniture.

    Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected over 150,000 coats, and every coat donation spends less than 48 hours in the Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store before benefiting someone in need. 

    “The need has never been greater. I urge you to go through your closets and consider donating any of your gently used coats," said Udelson.

    This campaign also relies on the generous support of our community. CLICK HERE to see how you can get involved. If your organization or business would like to get involved or help with any WSOC-TV community campaign, please email your inquiry to Kevin Campbell, community affairs manager, at Kevin.campbell@wsoctv.com. 

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