|WRAL-TV Begins Annual Coats For The Children Campaign|
The Raleigh Christmas Parade will not only bring Santa Claus to ride on a float but will keep his spirit in the Triangle throughout the holiday season with the kick-off of WRAL-TV’s annual Coats For the Children campaign. Beginning with the coverage of the Christmas parade, WRAL-TV will ask viewers to donate winter coats, clothing and money to help make the cold weather season warmer for citizens in need.
The 2001 campaign marks WRAL’s 13th year of raising money for the Salvation Army to buy coats, hats, mittens, scarves, long underwear and other warm clothing for needy children. Jiffy Lube and Alltel, the program’s major sponsors, will be collecting clean used items at their locations from November 17 through December 31. This year, Hendersonville is getting into the scene with the many Triangle cities and towns.
A highlight of the campaign each is WRAL-TV’s Coats For The Children Telethon, which will take place this year on Friday, December 7. Since 1998, the station has collected over 55,000 coats and over hundred of thousands of dollars to provide winter clothing for families in eastern and central North Carolina.
There are several ways to participate in helping make the Triangle a warmer place for families in need:
- Drop off used, clean coats at an Alltel or Jiffy Lube location near you
- Pledge your support during WRAL’s 13th Annual Telethon – If you would prefer to make a cash donation, join us for WRAL’s 13th Annual Coats for the Children Telethon on Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 a.m. to midnight. We will be collecting money to buy hats, gloves, shoes, underwear and other warm clothing.
- Donate through WRAL.com – Charge your donation online. Money is being collected to buy hats, gloves, shoes, underwear and other warm clothing. 7 percent of your online donation will be used to cover transaction costs.
- Volunteer Your Time – After we collect the coats, it takes lots of people to help sort them by sizes. For more information or to volunteer, call WRAL-TV Community Relations Director Loretta Harper at (919) 821-8652.