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Over 2,000 winter coats given to CMS elementary students

(Source: Ben Williamson | WBTV) (Source: Ben Williamson | WBTV)

Over 2,000 CMS elementary school students across Charlotte received brand new coats Wednesday in preparation for the the winter months ahead.

CMS partnered with New Charlotte Church, Church at Charlotte and Project 658 to provide three different schools with winter coats.

“Apparently, you just get your size and you can pick out any coat that you want," said Olivia Denien, a student at Idlewild Elementary school. “I think it is pretty cool because some kids do not get to wear coats and they get a good experience of picking out a coat for free.”

This event has taken place over the past several years, but this is the largest year to date.

“We are able to give some of our kids that may not have that opportunity to go and pick something out that belongs to them to have this opportunity,” said Matt Slota, Assistant Principal at Idlewild Elementary. “They get to select it. They get to pick the color, size, everything they want. It is theirs.”

“It is an easy ask, right? To give a child a jacket,” said Chris Payne, Senior Pastor at New Charlotte Church. “When temperatures drop and children are out at the bus stop. We just want to partner with them with their education and helping them excel.”

Individual classes were brought in and allowed to "shop" for their own coat.

“It is kind of like shopping for a new coat for winter time,” said Taylor Franklin, a student at Idlewild.  “I am going to wear mine for probably as long as I can.” 

“I truly think that we as a church get so much more out of this because it really helps center us on our purpose,” said Payne.

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