The day after Thanksgiving has of course become known as “Black Friday”, with many shoppers rushing about in search of the best deals on everything from clothing to televisions. This Black Friday, some Knights of Council 14360 spent part of their day helping those with limited funds to stay warm and happy this winter.
Brothers handed out coats for children in need at St. Joseph Church in South Norwalk as part of the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids initiative. The coats were purchased by Council 14360 using money generated from recent fundraising activities such as our bake sale and Macaroni Dinner.
The Knights of Columbus launched the coats initiative (designed to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates) in 2009. With many families with young children struggling in tough economic times, there was a clear need to provide warm winter coats to children in their communities. And so, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program was born.
Since the program’s inception, the Knights of Columbus in the United States and Canada has given away more than 167,000 coats to children in need. Approximately 2,000 local Knights of Columbus councils have participated in their communities.
Later that day, some Brothers and their family members were in Coney Island, NY to deliver toys (with the help of Al’s Angels) to Our Lady of Solace Church. Council 14360 has been helping out Our Lady of Solace since Hurricane Sandy and this great and faithful parish family is finally going to get a refurbished church!