Knights of Columbus drive provides coats for kids

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Effort with Tyson Foods collects 125 coats for children in need

On Nov. 2, the 2019 Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids programs kicked off with an event in Aurora.

The Verona Council of the Knights of Columbus, with corporate sponsor, Tyson Foods, was able to distribute 125 coats to families from the surrounding area. The event was held in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church gym.

The Grand Knight of the Verona Council, Mark Conn, was very happy with the turnout to the event. He noted that in 2018, 75 coats were distributed in Aurora with this year increasing to 125 coats.

Conn attributed the increase to better awareness of the program through newspaper and radio mentions as well as the help of Tysons Food getting more awareness of the program to the public.

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Fraternal Organization, developed the Coats for Kids Program to allow low-income families to clothe their children in warm coats and hats. This frees up their scarce resources to meet the families other essential needs.

The Knights of Columbus uses its ability to buy large quantities of coats at discounted prices, and distributes them through over 12000 councils in the United States. Sponsors help the Knights to increase the number of coats that can be distributed to families in need.

Upcoming Coats for Kids will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Cassville.

In 2018, the Coats for Kids Drive attracted over 1,100 children. The goal for 2019 is for the Knights to distribute 1,500 coats to area youth. The Knights are still seeking sponsors for the upcoming events. Interested parties can contact Mark Conn at (417) 849-7180 for details.