KOATS for Kids Campaign Kick’s Off

November 16, 2017   

Twenty-eight 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 28th annual KOATs for Kids campaign kicks off Friday, November 24th and will run through Friday, January 5th, 2018.

KOAT 7 and Blake’s Lotaburger are gathering thousands of donated coats to be distributed across New Mexico to kids in need.

Since 1989, this statewide community service event sponsored by KOAT 7 has delivered approximately 300,000 coats to needy children. Every year, thanks to viewers and partners, we are able to help kids across the state.


What are the dates for this year’s campaign?

11/24/17 to 1/5/18

Where can I drop off a coat?

Participating Blake’s Lotaburger Locations:

  • 1300 San Mateo Blvd SE
  • 5105 Homestead Circle NW
  • 6600 Edith Blvd NE
  • 7701 Menaul Boulevard Northeast
  • 6210 4th St NW
  • 3201 Isleta Blvd SW
  • 2100 Eubank Blvd NE
  • 3806 Montgomery Blvd NE
  • 2301 Carlisle Blvd NE
  • 7520 Lomas Blvd NE
  • 9004 Montgomery Blvd NE
  • 3700 4th St NW
  • 6215 San Antonio Dr NE
  • 2301 Chelwood Park Blvd NE
  • 12345 Central Ave NE
  • 9601 Osuna Rd NE
  • 777 Rio Grande Blvd NW
  • 1849 Coors Blvd SW
  • 114 Atrisco Dr SW
  • 6550 Paradise Blvd NW
  • 8641 Golf Course Rd NW
  • 420 East Broadway Ave
  • 206 North Paseo De Onate
  • 296 NM 5281230 West Pierce St
  • 600 North Gold Street
  • Highway 264 at Alma Drive
  • 810 S Second St
  • 1925 West Historic Highway
  • 662820 West Zia Rd
  • 3200 Cerrillos Rd
  • 4706 Airport Rd
  • 1400 Deborah Rd SE
  • 600 Unser Blvd SE
  • 305 Highway 66
  • 2915 North Main St
  • 1300 South Valley Dr

This year, KOAT 7 is joining forces with: Archuleta Restoration, participating Blake’s Lotaburger locations, Garcia Automotive Group, Molina Healthcare, Nusenda Credit Union 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.

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, KOATS for Kids does 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?

The New Mexico National Guard will pick up the donated coats. KOAT 7 will give the coats to school districts across the state who will distribute the coats to kids in need. Coats are not distributed to the public at large.

How can I get more information?

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.

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