• Santa's pedaling elves for Steve's Coats for Kids


    A Charlotte bike club is doing its part to get the word out about Steve’s Coats for Kids.  Faster Mustache, an amateur sports team, isn’t quite Santa’s elves but they are delivering joy to children in need.  “One thing we've learned over 10 years of putting on bicycle events, it only takes a little bit of effort on our part to get the bicycle community motivated to give back.” Kurt Rampton, Faster Mustache club spokesman, 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 13 years, Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected over 120,000 coats.

    The bike club put coat collection bins in two area businesses.  The locations were set-up for bike club members to drop off donated coats, and the store’s customers were encouraged to give.  To celebrate the group’s success, they went on a twenty-mile bike cruise to see some of Charlotte’s festive Christmas light displays.  “We like to come up with fun ideas for events, usually an excuse to get a bunch of people together to ride bikes.” Rampton said.  

    “Steve's Coats for Kids is a perfect match for our Christmas lights cruise. Our ride is about spreading good cheer at a leisurely pace and on a local scale,” Rampton said.  “You meet other Charlotte cyclists, and you wave to a few strangers on their porches.”

    Rampton said that the goal of Steve’s Coats for Kids rolls the same direction as the bike group.  “We are a group in Charlotte connecting and giving back to their neighbors in Charlotte who have a real need, one coat at a time.”

    You can donate new or gently used coats at any area Showmars, Ashley HomeStore, Hendrick Honda or E.R. Plumbing Services.

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

    Click here for a map of Steve's Coats for Kids Donation Locations.

    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 kevin.campbell@wsoctv.com

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