Steve’s Coats for Kids getting early start on annual coat drive

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

On Oct. 23, 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.

“The need has never been greater. If you can, please go through your closets and consider donating any of your gently used coats” said Udelson. “We’ll take new coats, too.  Coats of any size from adult to toddler.”

WSOC-TV’s Steve’s Coats for Kids campaign was introduced in 2005.

All donations are distributed through the Crisis Assistance Ministry, an independent nonprofit agency focused on preventing homelessness and preserving dignity for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s working poor.

Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected over 200,000 coats, and every one spends less than 48 hours in the Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store before benefiting someone in need.

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


You can find out more information and discover how you can get involved at

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