WRAL-TV’s 25th Annual Coats for the Children Highlighted with Friday Telethon

WRAL's Coats for the Children

WRAL-TV’s 25th Annual Coats for the Children takes to the airwaves on Friday, December 13, 2013.

The broadcast day will begin at 6am for WRAL’s Coats for the Children Telethon staffers on Friday, December 13, 2013.  The 25th annual effort to help the Salvation Army bring warmth to Triangle children puts our efforts into full gear during the daylong event.  Telethon specials begin at 6am and phone lines will be open and on the air until midnight.

Call 919-744-3877 or 1-877-543-2628 from 6 a.m. until midnight, or make a donation online.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of WRAL’s 25th anniversary of Coats for the Children,” said WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Michelle Marsh.   “I think it’s important for us to remember that there are many members of our community who are less fortunate and lack some of the basic necessities that we take for granted.”

Even the smallest donations will make a big difference for area children who don’t have a winter coat or clothing.

  • $5 buys 1 hat and 1 pair of gloves or mittens
  • $10 buys 1 pair of warm bedroom slippers and socks or 5-6 pairs of underwear
  • $25 buys a warm sweater or 1 pair of shoes
  • $50-$75 buys a warm coat

See what else your donation can provide going online at WRAL.com and searching the keyword ‘coats’.

Viewers can also drop off new coats at WRAL-TV, American Tobacco or participating Jiffy Lube and First Citizens Bank locations through December 31st.

During the telethon volunteers will man the phone banks.  Callers making donations can win an array of incentives including passes to skate at American Tobacco, see “The Nutcracker” or tour the NC Museum of Art’s Porsche exhibit.  Behind the scenes WRAL tours and more are up for grabs during the day, so listen in to the specials at 1pm, 7pm and 11:35pm.  And watch WRAL all day for the latest on the phone bank’s progress.

“Helping children has always been something that I enjoy doing,” said Marsh.  “If our viewers are blessed enough to be able to afford to support this cause they should not hesitate because there’s no guess work about who will benefit. This is a great opportunity to help people who live in our community.”

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