A Coats for Kids Touchdown
On a snowy afternoon in the Mile High City, the Knights of Columbus joined forces with the Denver Broncos in a Coats for Kids distribution that provided warm winter coats to students from an inner city school in Denver.
Numerous members of the Broncos family joined with State Deputy Chuck Page and a team of Knights of Columbus volunteers to help children find the right coats. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and his wife Linda helped organize the event through a collaboration with Catholic Athletes for Christ. Others present included Center Steve Vallos and his wife, Lindsay Vallos; as well as Robin Fox, wife of head coach John Fox; and Anna Burns Welker, wife of star wide receiver Wes Welker.
The distribution took place at the HQ facility in Greenwood Village, and as the children arrived to receive their coats, a light snow began to fall. “This is a great project, especially for Denver," Linda Del Rio said. “We got the first real snow today, so it’s kind of like providence that we're giving out coats.”
Jack Del Rio credited the KofC Coats for Kids program and the charitable work of the Knights. “It’s nice to be able to take a break from the normal grind of coaching football and come over here and join up with the Knights of Columbus. A great organization, they (the Knights of Columbus) do a wonderful job of giving - and I think not only just giving back to the community, but maximizing what they have, the resources they have. I’ve been involved with a lot of different charitable projects and I know the Knights of Columbus are excellent about squeezing every last little bit of product out of the dollars that they get.”
Since 2009, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program has given away more than 125,000 coats to children. Last year nearly, 1000 councils participated in the program in the United States and Canada. A larger distribution is planned for Greeley, Colo on Oct 29. That event will provide coats to children whose families were severely impacted by the devastating floods that struck northern Colorado last month. Members of the Denver Broncos organization are also planning to support that distribution.