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Woman helps area babies and kids in need for more than a decade

Susie Pike thought she'd be here for only one day, but a decade later she's still helping (Photo credit: WLOS)

CANDLER, N.C. -- Susie Pike thought she'd be here for only one day, but a decade later she's still helping.

"I thought I'd see how it goes and I just stayed and stayed and stayed," Pike said.

Pike started BEAR Closet, which stands for "Baby Equipment and Resource Loan Closet." Of all the 38 churches in Candler, there's only one with its very own BEAR Closet.

It's located in what used to be Sunday school classrooms at Snow Hill United Methodist. They carry everything from diapers to bottles, clothes and toys for babies and children up to 6 years old.

All the items are donated from the community and some are bought by money donated to the nonprofit.

"We have a large population of need families and I wanted to be part of that," Pike said.

The BEAR closet is now part of several communities. There are five of them.

Cassandra Coates is the mother of 3-month old Serafina.

"It's wonderful to have people giving what they don't need anymore." Cassandra said, who was brought here by a social worker. That's how a lot of single mothers find the help they need.

"Sometimes they bring clients. Sometimes they come for the clients," Pike said.

So far over the past decade, the closet has served 7,703 families in need.

This worthy organization is always in need of donations and volunteers. Click here to learn more

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