The coldest temperature recorded in Albuquerque was minus 50 degrees in 1951. So New Mexican children need warm coats to be winter weather ready. And KOAT, Hearst’s ABC affiliate there, is helping with itsannual KOATs for Kids coat drive that starts this week.
The coldest temperature recorded in Albuquerque, N.M., was minus 50 degrees in 1951. New Mexican children need warm coats to be winter weather ready.
And KOAT, Hearst’s ABC affiliate there, is helping with its annual KOATs for Kids coat drive that starts this week.
The campaign receives coat donations from viewers and community organizations across New Mexico and delivers them directly to children in school districts and community centers.
KOAT has collected coats for more than 30 years, supporting the physical, emotional and social needs of children.
This year marks a shift for the drive, starting earlier to expedite getting coats to children before the bitter cold sets in across northern New Mexico.
KOAT has also continued its ability to take monetary donations to help purchase additional coats, allowing viewers to send money directly to the program through United Way of Central New Mexico. Alta Mira, a local nonprofit, has already bought more than 200 new coats to help kick‐off this year’s campaign.
The KOATs for Kids coat drive runs through Nov. 21.
The KOATs for Kids coat drive is supported by Nusenda Credit Union, Albertson’s Market, Archuleta Restoration and Remodel, Western Sky Community Care, and IBEW Local 611. And supporting sponsors Duke City Gladiators, City of Albuquerque and Fidelity Investments. Community partners include United Way of Central New Mexico, Alta Mira and New Mexico National Guard.
“KOAT is proud to continue providing warmth and safety to our most vulnerable populations, especially during the ongoing pandemic and what could be a severe cold and flu season,” says Lori Waldon, KOAT’s GM.
“We absolutely could not do this without the support of our generous community, loyal viewers and the partners that help us get coats to children of all ages in New Mexico.”
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