KOATS For Kids Campaign Kicks Off 27th Year

November 21, 2016   

Twenty-seven years ago, New Mexicans across the state answered the call to keep kids in New Mexico warm during the cold winter months. Now, a quarter century later, KOATs for Kids has grown to one of the most recognizable and successful charitable operations in the Land of Enchantment.

The 27th annual KOATs for Kids campaign kicks off Saturday, November 19th and will run through Saturday, December 24th, 2016.

KOAT 7 and its partners are gathering thousands of donated coats to be distributed across New Mexico to kids in need.

This year, KOAT 7 is joining forces with: Star Bright Cleaners, Molina Healthcare, Nusenda Credit Union, Garcia Dealerships, Mattress Firm, participating Blake’s Lotaburger locations and participating Walmart locations. Coats can be donated at our partner locations or at KOAT 7’s studios at 3801 Carlisle Blvd NE. A full list of drop off locations can be found at KOAT.com.

Since 1989, this statewide community service event sponsored by KOAT 7 has delivered approximately 290,000 coats to needy children. Every year, thanks to our viewers and partners, we are able to help kids across the state.

The New Mexico National Guard will pick up the donated coats. Star Bright Cleaners will clean the coats, and KOAT 7 will give the coats to school districts across the state who will distribute the coats to kids in need.

KOAT 7 has partnered with A Virtual Receptionist to set up a hotline for anyone needing further information on donating or receiving a coat. The number is (800) 678-KOAT. Information is also available on the KOATs for Kids page at KOAT.COM.


What are the dates for this year’s campaign?

11/19 to 12/24

Where can I drop off a coat?

Any New Mexico Star Bright Cleaners, Nusenda Credit Unions, Mattress Firm locations, Molina Healthcare, Garcia Dealership: Garcia Honda, Garcia Subaru North, Garcia Subaru East, Garcia Cadillac, Uptown VW, Garcia Infiniti, Mercedes of Santa Fe, Volkswagen of Santa Fe and Smart Centre Alb, participating Blake’s Lotaburger and Wal-Mart locations and KOAT.

Can I donate an adult size coat?

Yes, we will take any size coat. We would, however, prefer children sizes, especially for grade and middle school children, sizes Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

Can I give money instead of a coat?

While we prefer donations of coats that can be distributed to children immediately, we do accept cash donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, visit the APS Educational Foundation at City Center located at 6400 Uptown, Albuquerque or mail to P.O. Box 25704 Albuquerque, NM 87125

Is my donation tax deductible?

Please consult your tax advisor about the deductibility of your donation(s).

Is there any limit to the number of coats I can donate?

No, you may donate as many coats as you wish. New or gently used coats are preferred.

Where can I go to get a coat?

Coats are distributed directly to all participating school districts in the state. Coats are not distributed to the public at large.

How can I get more information?

Please call (800) 678-KOAT.


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