As the cold winter season approaches, winter coats become a necessity. But for many low-income families and families-in-need, finding the resources to keep warm during the cold winter months, can sometimes prove difficult.
Last month, Grade 7 students from three inner-city schools in Hamilton, Ontario, gathered at “St Lawrence the Martyr” parish for Mass and then afterward, helped distribute new winter coats to children in need, coats which were purchased by the Knights of Columbus, to "spread the warmth".
Coats for Kids is a program the Knights of Columbus developed, where councils can purchase winter coats and distribute them to young people and families who need them most. Since the program’s inception in 2009, the Knights have helped more than 400,000 kids with brand-new winter coats in the US and Canada alone.
To make this all possible, the Knights work tirelessly with various groups, and school boards to make this program a reality and a success.
But at the end of the day, the Knights will tell you, that it’s all about the kids and the opportunity for everyone involved, from the donors, to the volunteers, the students and teachers to practice an important corporal work of mercy... that, of clothing the naked.
If you’d like to get involved with the Coats for Kids program this winter or want to know more about the Knights of Columbus and the charitable works they do in your local area, you can visit their website listed below.
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