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 members Knights of Columbus Council 14360, along with Brother Knights from Norwalk Council 46 and New Canaan Council 2287, 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 the three K of C Councils with money generated from the council’s respective fundraising activities.
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 200,000 coats to children in need. Approximately 2,000 local Knights of Columbus councils have participated in their communities around the world. “This is the second year that the 3 local Knights councils hooked up to give away coats. This year we gave around 100 coats in 90 minutes. It is an honor to help children keep warm this winter,” said Council 14360 member and District Deputy George Ribellino.
The Norwalk Hour recently published a story on this and other recent Knights’ activities: