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WRAL's Coats For The Children Celebrates 15 Years Of Giving

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RALEIGH, N.C. — For the 15th year, WRAL is collecting warm winter clothing and money for Salvation Army families in need through its Coats for the Children campaign.

Beginning Nov. 22 through Dec. 31, WRAL and its community partners,

Jiffy Lube



, invite the public to donate new or gently used coats at any of their participating locations in Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Spring Lake, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Smithfield, Southern Pines, Clayton, Wake Forest and Goldsboro.

In addition to the need for clean coats, WRAL is asking the public to donate other winter clothing items including gently used gloves, hats, and new underwear, T-shirts and socks to completely outfit a child for the winter months.

Any size coat will be accepted; however, larger sizes for teens and adults are in particular demand. This year's campaign will also try to address the special needs of the Hispanic community, many of whom have never experienced cold weather.

On Friday, Dec. 5, WRAL broadcast a daylong "Coats For The Children Telethon," raising money to buy warm winter clothing and undergarments.

Since 1989, WRAL has collected over 73,000 coats and $643,000 to provide winter clothing for Salvation Army families.

WRAL thanks its community partners at Jiffy Lube and Chick-fil-A for their support of this project.

Anyone who would like more information about drop-off locations, participating Salvation Army branches or donations can go to WRAL.com and click on WRAL Info.

For more information, call WRAL Community Relations Director Loretta Harper at (919) 821-8652.

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