• CMPD officers to collect coats for area kids


    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is making a warm gesture and helping collect coats for the WSOC-TV Steve’s Coats for Kids program.

    WSOC-TV’s Steve’s Coats for Kids program collects new and gently worn coats for local area children who live in need. The coats are distributed by Crisis Assistance Ministry. 

    In the last 13 years, Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected more than 150,000 coats.

    “Our responsibilities transcend crime fighting and prevention,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said. “To help the community members most in need in this manner is the very definition of community engagement.”

    Carol Hardison, chief executive officer at Crisis Assistance Ministry, said the rapidly growing rent in the community is eating up money needed for warm coats for thousands of low income families.

    “The police department has a wide reach, which will give even more opportunities for caring donors to share the warmth with others with their coat donations,” Hardison said.  “We’re excited to have CMPD join the Steve’s Coats for Kids partnership this year.”

    The Steve’s Coats for Kids campaign runs from now until January 14.  All coat donations are distributed through Crisis Assistance Ministry, which has been 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.

    “This (coat drive) was a natural fit for CMPD,” Putney said. “WSOC has a storied history with the coat drive, and we were excited to get involved with something so meaningful.”

    “We’re grateful for the opportunity to participate,” Putney said.

    You can donate new or gently worn coats at CMPD Headquarters, four CMPD division offices, and any area Showmars, Ashley HomeStore, Hendrick Honda or E.R. Plumbing Services. Click here for a map of Steve's Coats for Kids donation locations.

    Click here to find how you can help at www.StevesCoatsForKids.com

    If you have an inspiring story and you or your group is collecting coats for Steve's Coats for Kids, please contact Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV community affairs manager, at Kevin.Campbell@wsoctv.com

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