During the winter of 2009-10, the Knights of Columbus continued its Coats for Kids program, bringing new, warm coats to children throughout the United States and Canada.
The initiative was part of the Order’s Help a Child in Need campaign, which began in 2006 with a nationwide television appeal for donations to charities that support the needs of children.
After an overwhelming need for warm winter coats was made worse by the economic climate , the Coats for Kids initiative was born.
“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 an important component of our work today.”
About 10,000 coats from Ultimate Apparel were distributed in more than 20 cold-weather cities throughout North America.
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.