WRAL-TV’S 20th Annual Coats for the Children Community Service Project Provides Warm Winter Clothing for Families in Need


WRAL-TV’S 20th Annual Coats for the Children Community Service Project Provides Warm Winter Clothing for Families in Need

Coats for the Children logo For the 20th year, WRAL-TV is collecting warm winter clothing and money for Salvation Army families in need.   November 22nd through December 31st, WRAL-TV invites the public to donate new or gently used coats at participating Jiffy Lube and Capital Bank locations in Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Spring Lake, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Clayton, Wake Forest, Morrisville, Oxford, Pittsboro, Sanford, Siler City and Goldsboro. 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering again with the Salvation Army and our community partners to provide winter clothing for area families,” says WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel. “In this economy, there are more families than ever who need our help. We believe our viewers will step up and provide as they have in the past.” 

In addition to the need for clean coats, WRAL is asking the public to donate other winter clothing items including gently used gloves, hats, and new long underwear, t-shirts and socks to completely outfit a child for the winter months.  Any size coat will be accepted; however, larger sizes for teens and adults and infant sizes are in particular demand.

On Friday, December 12th, WRAL-TV will broadcast the “Coats for the Children Telethon,” raising money to buy new, warm winter clothing and undergarments.  Telethon operators will accept pledges from 6:00am until 7:30pm.  The telethon includes two half-hour specials at 1:00pm and 7pm.

“Each year, we look forward to the WRAL Coats for the Children Telethon, not only for the many coats it provides for the children of our community but for us to see the love and compassion that comes from those around us. It is a blessing to be a part of a community that cares so deeply for the many families we have in need. We thank WRAL for a wonderful 20 years of their community support and assistance,” says Paige Bagwell, Director of Communications for the Salvation Army of Wake County.

Credit card donations can be made online through December 31 by going to WRAL.com, type “coats” in the search box. Other information such as coat drop-off locations, participating Salvation Army branches, and general campaign details can also be found on WRAL.com.

Since 1989, WRAL-TV has collected over 103,500 coats and raised over $1,000,000 to provide winter clothing for Salvation Army families.

WRAL-TV thanks its community sponsors, Jiffy Lube and Capital Bank, for their ongoing support of this project.

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Strange for this capcom story.



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