If there is one thing that everyone needs this time of year it’s a good coat. Unfortunately, there are children in the area who don’t even have a coat. That’s why each year the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus (KofC) provide coats to be given to children through Catholic Social Services.
“It’s called Coats for Kids and this year it’s in cooperation with ‘Giving Tuesday’ and ‘Food For Families’ which is another program the Knights of Columbus do to help our community, some of those who may be without a coat this winter,” Howard Robinson of the KofC said. “Our attempt is to try to help them to not get cold waiting for the bus or walking home or going to the store.”
Giving Tuesday is a global day of charity recognized by over 40,000 organizations in some 70 countries encouraging donations of labor, time and goods to make a difference in the lives of others. Giving Tuesday this year was Nov. 29.
Robinson said, at the Knights of Columbus, where charity is a valued principle, Giving Tuesday is another way to reach out to those in need. Donations made on Giving Tuesday will go toward two of the fraternal organization’s signature campaigns – Coats for Kids and Food for families. The local Council 741 of Portsmouth Knights of Columbus in donating coats again this year is doing so by partnering with Catholic Social Services for local distribution.
Since the start of Coats for Kids in 2009, more than 310,000 coats have been distributed in 49 states and all 10 Canadian provinces. In winter 2016 alone, the Knights of Columbus distributed 78,576 coats in 1,600 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada, including events at military bases, in Native American communities, at inner-city neighborhoods and through partnerships with local police and fire departments.
Like Coats for Kids, the Food for Families program continues to expand. Launched in February 2009, the program ensures that families have adequate access to nutritious food. In 2015, the Knights have collected more than 11.4 million pounds of food and $7.2 million in donations for soup kitchens and other food programs.
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