Knights of Columbus Give the Gift of Warmth
Record Number of Coats Distributed
The winter of 2013-14, one that will be remembered for its severe conditions, was also a record year for the Order’s Coats for Kids program. During that time, 1,195 councils and the Supreme Council purchased and donated 51,924 coats to children in need. That is 10,000 coats distributed over last winter’s total and 200 more councils participating than the previous year.
In 2009, the Knights of Columbus launched the coats initiative designed to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates. 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.