FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 11, 2000
For more information, contact
Loretta Harper, WRAL-TV5 Community Relations Director (919) 821-8652
WRAL’s 12th Annual Coats For The Children Provides Warm Winter Clothing For Families In Need
RALEIGH, N.C. – For the 12th year, WRAL-TV5 is collecting warm winter clothing and money for Salvation Army families in need. Beginning November 18th through December 31st, WRAL-TV and its community partners, Jiffy Lube and Alltel, invite the public to donate new or used coats at any of their locations in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Spring Lake, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Goldsboro and Sanford.
In addition to the need for clean coats, WRAL is asking the public to donate other winter clothing items including; used gloves, hats, and new underwear, t-shirts and socks to completely outfit a child for the winter months. Any size coat is accepted, however larger sizes for teens and adults are in particular demand this year. Last year’s Coats for the Children campaign resulted in 5,000 donated coats and over $80,000 all of which benefited Salvation Army families in need of winter clothing.
On Friday, December 8th, WRAL-TV5 will broadcast a daylong “Coats For The Children Telethon”, raising money to buy warm winter clothing and undergarments. Telethon operators will accept pledges from 6:00 am until midnight and online donations will be accepted at www.wral-tv.com. The telethon includes three half-hour specials at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 11:35 pm, and a one-hour special at 9 pm. In addition to television coverage, live remotes will be held from WRAL’s sister radio station MIX 101.5 FM in Raleigh at Cameron Village (in front of Foster’s Restaurant), and from WKML in Fayetteville at the corner of McPherson Church and Sycamore Dairy Road.
Since 1989, WRAL-TV5 has collected over 60,000 coats and over $500,000 to provide winter clothing for Salvation Army families. “Everyone will tell you that Wake County is blessed. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget about those less fortunate during the holiday season, and that’s why programs like Coats for the Children are so important to our community,” said Major Fred Musgrave of the Salvation Army in Wake County.
WRAL-TV5 thanks its community partners at Jiffy Lube and Alltel for their longtime support of this project. Special thanks also to Long Transportation, Baker Roofing and Metro Productions who volunteer their services for coat transportation, storage and project signage.
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