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KOAT kicks off kids campaign

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By Special to the Monitor

Albuquerque — The 21st annual KOATs for Kids campaign is in full swing and will run through Dec. 31.
Since 1989, this statewide community service event sponsored by KOAT 7 has delivered approximately 275,000 coats to needy children.  
This year, KOAT 7 is joining forces with Molina Healthcare, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, New Mexico Chevy Dealers, JC Penney, Mattress Firm, Star Bright Cleaners, Hot Shot Services, A Virtual Receptionist and the New Mexico Army National Guard.
New Mexicans can donate new or gently used winter coats at any Molina Healthcare, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, New Mexico Chevy Dealer, JC Penney, Mattress Firm, Star Bright Cleaners, or at the KOAT 7 studios.
Cash donations will also be accepted at New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union. The donated money is used to purchase additional coats, usually for high-demand infant and toddler sizes.
Coats will be distributed by Hot Shot Services, the New Mexico Army National Guard and other agencies in communities around the state.
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 www.KOAT.COM.