Tune In For WRAL-TV’s 28th Annual Coats for the Children Telethon Today

Coats for the ChildrenRight now, over 8,800 Wake County children need a warm coat and will not have a new toy this holiday season unless we help. In Durham, Orange and Person counties, 1,200 children are in need. In Johnston County, over 1,100 are longing to be warm this winter. And in Cumberland County, close to 3,000 children need warm coats now and new toys for the holiday season.

WRAL-TV is working with the Salvation Army to help these children.  The 28th Annual WRALTV Coats for the Children takes place today, Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The big telethon kicks off at 6 a.m., with special coverage at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m on air and online.

A variety of incentives will be offered for those who donate varying amounts during the day.  Find out more here.

You can help, right now!  During today’s WRAL-TV Coats for the Children Telethon call 919-744-3877 from 6am until midnight, or make a donation online. Or Text COATS to 41444 to make a debit/credit card gift of any size.

  • $25 provides a cozy hat, gloves and scarf
  • $45 buys sweatshirt/sweatpants & pajamas
  • $50 provides a warm coat
  • $75 gives a child a warm coat and a fun toy
  • $125 provides a complete winter outfit
  • $175 buys a complete winter outfit and toys
  • $250 provides complete winter outfits for two children
  • $25 x 12 = $300 Help a child all year with a $25 gift each month

Coats For the Children is WRAL’s major holiday fundraising campaign for Salvation Army families. A coat your child has outgrown is just the right size for a child in need. We’re also collecting new toys to make the holiday brighter for children at the Salvation Army.

Last year, during WRAL’s daylong Coats telethon, we collected more than 3,700 coats, hundreds of toys and raised over $143,000 to buy new, warm winter clothing for children in need. Since 1989, thanks to your generosity, WRAL has collected 158,000+ coats and raised $1.6 million to provide winter clothing for Salvation Army families.

“Each of us grab one on the way out the door each morning, but never think that there are hundreds maybe thousands of children in our area that do not have a coat,” said Major Pete Costas, area commander of The Salvation Army of Wake County.

“The Coats for the Children campaign is not only essential to these children but it is life changing. The warmth a coat provides goes far beyond protection from the cold. It provides hope to that child in their time of need.”

Coats For the Children is WRAL’s major holiday fundraising campaign for Salvation Army families. A coat your child has outgrown is just the right size for a child in need. We’re also collecting new toys to make the holiday brighter for children at the Salvation Army.

Learn more about WRAL’s Coats for the Children Campaign, find coat and toy donation locations, or make an online donation on WRAL.com and search ‘coats’.

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