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Picture a chilly December day, the wind briskly sweeping through the air. You find yourself ill-equipped for the harsh weather conditions. Unfortunately, this is a reality for individuals facing adversity, but thanks to the compassionate efforts of the Kansas State Council Knights of Columbus, hundreds of children will have a cozy, stylish coat to wear this winter season!

Over 900 coats were donated to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas this holiday season. Local councils witnessed the impact of their generosity while distributing  kids’ coats at our Olathe, Overland Park and Wyandotte County Family Support Centers (FSCs) and Hope Distribution Center. Additionally, all FSCs across our 21 county service area, our Resource Bus and New Roots programs received coats to distribute this winter. Other recipients included, The Don Bosco Centers – Kansas City, Literacy KC and several local elementary schools. A total of 1,512 coats were donated across the area from 9 local councils.

Launched in 2009 by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, the Coats for Kids program has provided more than one million coats to children worldwide. Individual councils across the United States raise funds through collections at Mass, fundraisers and personal donations to purchase the coats, which are brand new, high quality and come in a variety of colors. For every $20 donated, local councils are able to purchase a coat through the web store operated by Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.  Last year the Supreme Council started a match program, allowing Knights of Columbus jurisdictions to purchase additional coats and arrange for a larger distribution event with matching funds.

“No child should ever have to go without a coat in the winter,” said Eric Sevart, Program Director at Kansas State Council Knights of Columbus. “The families that come to these coat drive events are so thankful for the assistance we are able to provide. It is truly a blessing to see the smiles on these kids’ faces,” he added.

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