Coats for Kids
"For when I was naked, you clothed me."
Did you know many children throughout the United States and Canada go without a coat each winter? Many low-income families use their scarce resources to meet the most basic essentials and they need help to provide this vital winter necessity.
That's why the Knights of Columbus developed the Coats for Kids program, which allows councils across North America the opportunity to purchase new winter coats for children at a discount and to distribute them to children in need in their local communities.
Through our Coats for Kids program, 1,780 local councils distributed 87,906 coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada in 2016. Since the program began in 2009, nearly 400,000 coats have been distributed.
At a Coats for Kids event, on Monday prior to Super Bowl L, the Knights of Columbus and representatives from the Supreme Council headquarters joined Football Hall of Famers Anthony Muñoz (Cincinnati Bengals) and Dave Casper (Oakland Raiders), Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio and his wife Linda, distributed Coats to the local community.
These are just some of the thousands of activities that the Knights of Columbus members regularly conduct in their communities to help those in need.
Pope Francis put it in perspective when he said "true charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need." With the help of Knights of Columbus councils, you can use this program to make a difference for children in need.