Knights of Columbus Distribute New Winter Coats to Needy Children in Fargo, North Dakota

On Saturday, February 27, the Knights of Columbus in North Dakota donated 250 new winter coats to underprivileged children at the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store in Fargo. George Lacher, state program director for the Knights of Columbus in North Dakota, was joined by State Deputy Cory Badinger and Knights from seven local councils to help provide area children with new winter coats during the winter months. 

The North Dakota coat donations are part of the second annual nationwide “Coats for Kids” initiative of the Knights of Columbus. Similar distributions have taken place in cold-weather cities across the U.S. and Canada, and additional distributions will take place in the weeks to come.  Altogether, the Knights of Columbus will donate approximately 10,000 new coats to needy children this winter.

The initiative began in an effort to help families with children living in colder climates who have been severely impacted by the sharp downturn in the economy.The Coats for Kids program is part of the Knights’ Help a Child in Need campaign, which began in 2006 with a nationwide television appeal during the Christmas season for donations to charities that support the needs of children.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Robert Ennis, director of Fraternal Operations and Programs at (203) 752-4616 or Peter Sonski, director of Public Relations at (203) 752-4182.