WRAL-TV’s 22nd Annual Coats for the Children Community Service Project Provides Warm Winter Clothing for Families in Need

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Coats for the Children For the 22nd year, WRAL-TV is collecting warm winter clothing and money for Salvation Army families in need.   November 20th through December 31st, WRAL-TV invites the public to donate new or gently used coats at participating Jiffy Lube and First Citizens Bank locations in Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner and Raleigh.  Participating Jiffy Lube locations are also in Clayton, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Spring Lake, Wake Forest and Wilson.  Additional participating First Citizens Bank locations are in Knightdale, Pittsboro, RTP, Wendell and Zebulon. 

“The Coats for the Children campaign helps The Salvation Army meet a huge need each year for thousands of people across the Triangle,” says Major Pete Costas, commanding officer of The Salvation Army of Wake County.  “We are very grateful for the support of WRAL, Jiffy Lube and First Citizens Bank. Every year, we are amazed by their generosity, and the generosity of our community, as we strive to keep children warm during the cold winter months.”

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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 infant sizes are in particular demand.

On Friday, December 10th, 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 8:00pm.  The telethon includes two half-hour specials at 1:00pm and 7:00pm.

 “Over the past 22 years, WRAL-TV raised more than $1 million.  This is through the generosity of our terrific community,” says WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel. “Now, in our 22nd year, the need for Coats for the Children is greater than ever. Thanks to the Salvation Army, our community partners and our generous viewers, I am confident that we will help meet the growing need.” 

Credit card donations can be made online starting this Saturday through December 31 by going to WRAL.com and searching keyword “Coats.”  Other information such as coat drop-off locations, participating Salvation Army branches, telethon thank you gifts, and general campaign details can also be found on WRAL.com.  The page will be available starting this Saturday, November 20, 2010, with the following link: http://www.wral.com/entertainment/holiday/page/3956064/

Cell phone users have a new way to donate this year.  Beginning Monday, November 22, text “Coats” to 85944 to donate $10 to the Coats for the Children campaign.

Since 1989, WRAL-TV has collected nearly 124,000 coats and raised $1,144,800 to provide winter clothing for Salvation Army families.

WRAL-TV thanks its community partners, Jiffy Lube and First Citizens Bank, for their support of this project.

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

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