Donations give warm feeling to Wake families

Posted December 3, 2011
Updated December 8, 2011

Santa Claus stopped by to help take donations during the 2010 Coats for Children telethon.

— Each winter, hundreds of Triangle residents get a warm feeling from the donations given to WRAL's Coats for the Children campaign. Since 1989, WRAL has collected 125,000 coats and raised $1.2 million. All donations benefit the Salvation Army.

Each autumn, the Salvation Army welcomes needy families to coat distribution events to help them prepare for the coming cold weather.

Saturday was the third distribution day of 2011. As they did in October and November, volunteers checked IDs and gave away 1,000 coats. 

"This is a blessing right here – to have some coats," said Sherry Burks. 

Burks and her four children are staying at the Salvation Army. "I don't have a job, and I'm trying to make it," she said. "My kids are my strength."

Her 9-year-old daughter selected a pumpkin puffer jacket. "Orange is my favorite color," Eriel Holloway said. Her twin, Erieyana, selected a gold, shimmery number.

The families also got to pick out scarves, hats and gloves.

"It's still nice that people out in the world today that help you," Burks said. "I thank God every day."

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The Salvation Army of Wake County gives away 25 coats every Friday morning, first-come, first-served beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 215 South Person St. in Raleigh. Adults are asked to bring ID and proof that they live in Wake County. They must show birth and immunization records for children. Each person can select two coats per season.

The 2011 Coats for the Children campaign runs through Jan. 2. Bins for new or gently used coats and new toys are available at participating Jiffy Lube and First Citizens Bank locations throughout Wake County. Coats for the Children Drop-off Sites


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  • carydaddy Dec 5, 2011

    Carrboroyouth -- The Salvation Army maintains a separate facility to service Durham, Orange & Person counties. The Army has more than 50 locations in the Carolinas. It seems this story was reflecting just what one of those branches was doing to help others. BTW, I agree -- the kids shouldn't suffer even if there mother is making poor choices.

  • carrboroyouth Dec 5, 2011

    I don't think these folks are screened too closely, according to the Administrative Office of the Courts web site, a Sherry Burks has a pending drug charges in Wake county. -sicsempertyrannis

    Hmm... well I don't know what to make of that. However, at the very least her children shouldn't be punished for that. Let the kids have a coat.

  • carrboroyouth Dec 5, 2011

    I think it is a wonderful charity but I must ask why they are only serving Wake County? Needy people are everywhere...

  • storchheim Dec 5, 2011

    I think PBSM was being sarcastic.

    Hate to sound stingy, but the story says each person is allowed two coats. Wouldn't twice as many people be warm if everyone were allowed one coat?

  • carydaddy Dec 5, 2011

    I'm satisfied that the Salvation Army is doing a good job in screening people. It certainly beats some of the other charity drives where people whose needs are suspect are helped. Will an undeserved individual receive help? Sure, it isn't a perfect system, but it is an effective one.

  • westernwake1 Dec 5, 2011

    And the winner of today's trolling award is ProudBlackSingleMother

    In other news, the Sesame Street words of the day are "Personal Responsibility".

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Dec 5, 2011

    Somebody needs to pay for all my children and all our suffering. Somebody needs to be held accountable and they need to pay!

  • westernwake1 Dec 5, 2011

    Let me say that this was a well-done news story on giving to a local charity. I saw it on the air Saturday. It high-lighted a local family showing the need, including statements from children. It outlined that people the coats were given to were screened.

    It was much better than some other earlier charity stores that showed mobs of people grabbing stuff while carrying smart-phones and driving off in luxury SUVs.

    This story is likely to help people be more charitable in this holiday season. I hope the Salvation Army coats campaign goes well this year.