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WRAL Telethon raises more than $102,000

Posted December 14, 2013

Volunteers answer phones at WRAL's 25th annual Coats for the Children telethon on Dec. 13, 2013.
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— Thanks to the generosity of viewers, WRAL raised $102,231 Friday during its 25th Annual Coats for the Children telethon.

For 25 years, WRAL has teamed up with The Salvation Army for the annual Coats for the Children Campaign. The big telethon kicked off at 6 a.m. Friday.

There are more than 8,700 children in Wake County who rely on the campaign. The primary goal is to collect warm winter clothes for needy families, but another important part is collecting new toys.

“We want children to have winter clothing. We want them to be warm this winter. But we also want them to have that moment on Christmas morning where Santa has come,” said Paige Bagwell with the Salvation Army of Wake County

In 2012,  the campaign raised $90,000 and collected 10,000 coats and 1,000 toys for Salvation Army families. This year, our goal the goal was to raise $100,000 for Salvation Army families. 

“This is a community effort to support them, and I think they're just overwhelmed with relief, with hope, with encouragement and joy,” Bagwell said.



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