More than 1,200 donated coats delivered to help local kids in need

Today, WSOC-TV and Steve’s Coats for Kids community partner Cintas Charlotte delivered over 1,200 coats to Crisis Assistance Ministry. 

This is the first round of donations received through this year’s Steve’s Coats for Kids initiative.

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 head to Crisis Assistance Ministry to be given to local children whose families may not be able to afford a coat for their child.

After Cintas unloaded the coats to crisis, they loaded 300 donated coats on their truck to take back to Cintas for inspection and cleaning.

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 more than 100 Steve’s Coats for Kids donation locations across the Carolinas, including Arby’s, Ashley HomeStore, E.R. Plumbing Services, and all Charlotte fire stations.


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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