‘Exciting to see’: 1st graders collect donations for Steve’s Coats for Kids

CHARLOTTE — Donations for our annual Steve’s Coats for Kids are continuing to pour in.

Those donations have come in all shapes and sizes, including from some of the youngest members of our community.

Chief Meteorologist Steve Udelson got a sneak peek at the collection that more than two dozen first graders at Palisades Episcopal School are partaking in.

“The children have been so excited about this project,” Kerin Hughes, the head of school for Palisades Episcopal School, said. “You can see them walking through the hallways. You can see them walk by my door and they have all their coats and they say: ‘Ms. Hughes, I have my coats. I have my coats for today. Look how many coats I have.’”

Hughes told Channel 9 that the students have been participating in Steve’s Coats for Kids for the past two years.

Some students bring coats from their own closets. Some students collect them from friends and neighbors. Some students even go out and buy new coats to donate.

“They love that they’re helping others. So when they know that they’re going to a good place they feel so good in their hearts about doing something good for others,” Hughes said.

“It’s just exciting to see them working together and kind of feeling like they’re involved in something with their school and their families and their teachers to do something that feels important,” first grade teacher Courtney Coletta said.

Last year, Palisades Episcopal School said students collected more than 250 coats. The school said that this year, it is hoping to exceed that goal.

Palisades Episcopal School said the first graders will be collecting coats for the next week before dropping them off at their nearest fire station.

The coats will then be picked up and disbursed to local kids in need by Crisis Assistance Ministry.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off new or gently worn coats from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in front of WSOC-TV on 235 West 23rd Street, across from the Amtrak station.

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