Knights of Columbus Distribute Several Hundred Coats to Pittsburgh Children

The Pennsylvania State Council,  in conjunction with  Pittsburgh East End Council 3530 and  Verona Council 4242, distributed more than 200 coats to children in Pittsburgh.

Distribution took place at Sacred Heart Elementary School at 325 Emerson St. 

This event was part of the second annual Coats for Kids initiative of the Knights of Columbus. Similar distributions are planned in more than 20 cold-climate cities throughout North America. All told, the Knights of Columbus will distribute approximately 10,000 Ultimate Apparel coats this winter.

Coats for Kids
Coats for Kids

The initiative began last year, in an effort to help families with children living in colder climates who have been severely impacted by the sharp and sudden downturn in the economy.

“As our nation faces tough economic times, we believe it is very important to respond within our communities in concrete ways to help those most in need,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. “Helping children in need was a fundamental reason for the formation of the Knights of Columbus in 1882 and continues to be a very important component of our work today.”

“In the Pittsburgh area, we’ve had many businesses close or reduce their work force over the past few years,” said Eric Johnson, Pennsylvania state program director. “Too many people in the area are underemployed and struggling to make ends meet, and this program will certainly help those families.”