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Coats for the Children button: The need

Right 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.

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.

Coats for the Children button: Donate

Give $25 to Coats for the Children
$25 provides a cozy hat, gloves and scarf

Give $100 to Coats for the Children$125 provides a complete winter outfit

Give $45 to Coats for the Children$45 buys sweatshirt/
sweatpants & pajamas

Give $150 to Coats for the Children$175 buys a complete winter outfit and toys

Give $50 to Coats for the Children
$50 provides
a warm coat

Give $200 to Coats for the Children$250 provides complete winter outfits for 2 children

Give $75 to Coats for the Children$75 gives a child a warm coat and a fun toy

Salvation Army: Recurring Pledge

$25 x 12 = $300

Help a child all year with a $25 gift each month

Coats for the Children button: Donate

Pledge right now to provide warm weather wear and Christmas toys for children in the Triangle and eastern NC. Click the Donate button or text COATS to 41444 and help WRAL make a positive difference for children in need during our 27th Annual Coats for the Children campaign!

Last year, during WRAL’s daylong Coats telethon, we collected more than 5,000 coats, 750 toys and raised over $108,000 to buy new, warm winter clothing for children in need. Since 1989, thanks to your generosity, WRAL has collected 155,000+ coats and raised $1,608,000 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."

A special thanks to our patron sponsors ARS Rescue Rooter and Chiesi for supporting this campaign.

There are four ways to donate:

1. Drop off used, clean coats and new toys anytime before Jan. 1.

2. Text message a donation!
Text COATS to 41444 to make a debit/credit card gift of any size. Messaging & data rates may apply.

3. Donate online with PayPal

From now until Dec. 31, click the "Donate" button to make a secure online donation using your credit card.

Join us Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., for our Coats for the Children Telethon. Call 919-744-3877 or text COATS to 41444.

4. Send a check
Checks should be made payable to The Salvation Army at:
Coats for the Children
P.O. Box 12000
Raleigh, N.C. 27605

Coats for the Children button: Drop off

Bring coats and toys to participating Jiffy Lube and First Citizens Bank locations in Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, Fayetteville, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Knightdale, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, Spring Lake, Wake Forest, Wendell, Wilson and Zebulon.

Search by city or county to find a location near you, or find one on the map.

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Coats for the Children button: Volunteer
Help sort collected coats on Jan. 9, 2015 at Wake County’s Salvation Army. Register today!

Find Salvation Army volunteer opportunities at other times during the year.

Coats for the Children button: Get Help
The Salvation Army can help you get a warm coat and other winter clothing for your family.