The greater Charlotte chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (N.O.B.L.E.) has donated hundreds of coats to needy children in the area.

The chapter donated 400 coats to the WSOC-TV's Steve’s Coats for Kids drive.

Steve’s Coats for Kids has collected nearly 250,000 coats, and every donated coat spends less than 48 hours in the Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store before benefiting someone in need.

“The way to help communities flourish is to give back. If you plant seeds in those communities, into the youth, and they get to see and identify who’s there for them during their time of growth and as they mature it all pays off,” said Capt. Torri Tellis of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department who serves as vice president of the greater Charlotte chapter of N.O.B.L.E.