First load of donated coats picked up, preparing for distribution

Our community partner Cintas stopped by the WSOC-TV studio to pick up hundreds of coats we have already collected.

Chief meteorologist Steve Udelson helped the Cintas crew load dozens of bags of donated coats on the truck.

WSOC-TV’s Steve’s Coats for Kids campaign is part of the Channel 9 Family Focus brand and was introduced in 2005. Steve’s Coats for Kids runs through Dec. 31.

Thanks to Cintas Charlotte, each Steve’s Coats for Kids coat donation is sorted, hung and inspected.

For those coats that need extra attention, Cintas launders, replaces buttons, hems and whatever else it takes to get the clothing looking almost new.

After these coats are sorted, they will head to Crisis Assistance Ministry to be given to local children whose families may not be able to afford a coat for their child.

Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected nearly 250,000 coats, and every donated coat spends less than 48 hours in the Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store before benefiting someone in need.

An independent nonprofit agency, Crisis Assistance Ministry focuses on preventing homelessness and preserving dignity for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s working poor by providing assistance with rent, utilities, clothing and furniture.

There are over 100 collection points across the Carolinas, including Arby’s, Ashley HomeStore, E.R. Plumbing Services and all Charlotte fire stations.


Learn more about how your donation can impact the community at

Steve’s Coats for Kids relies on the generous support of our community. 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, WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV public affairs manager, at