600 homeless kids in Charlotte need coats now

600 homeless kids in Charlotte need coats now

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 11:01 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There is a plea for help going out across Charlotte to find coats for 600 homeless children in the Queen City.

“Our children who don’t have a safe place to stay at night need coats,” said Annabelle Suddreth, the Executive Director of A Child’s Place -- the only non-profit social service agency in Charlotte dedicated solely to helping homeless kids.

Just a few months ago many of these same kids were enrolled in a special summer camp program, but now the temperature has suddenly dropped and they need help, said Suddreth.

“I think this year it has gotten colder earlier.  We’ll have some opportunities around the holidays to help the children get coats but there are a lot of cold days days between now and December,” she said.

Suddreth is asking for donations of brand new coats.  Anyone interested in helping can drop a coat off at the offices of A Child’s Place at 601 East 5th Street in Charlotte, or go online to achildsplace.org and donate money for a coat.

It is estimated there are nearly 5,000 homeless children in Mecklenburg County but of those, 600 need a coat now.

“If nothing more, I think we can give them a coat and a smile and let them know the community cares about them,” Suddreth said.

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