Community Partners – Knights of Columbus
January 19, 2021
As we forge through these colder months wearing our winter coats, we want to highlight a wonderful community partner and their contribution to warmth over the years: the Knights of Columbus. Since 2016, Knights of Columbus have donated more than 100 coats to the Children’s Cove families through their Coats for Kids program, and we are forever grateful.
Richard Kijak, Grand Knight, has coordinated the collection and drop of coats for the last two years. Prior to that, Henry and Gayle McClean served in that role. Working with Family Advocate Melanie Sachs, they reached out to the families we support every fall to see who may need winter coats, knowing that needs change over time, especially during 2020.
This past holiday season, the Knights of Columbus and a few private donors we were able to provide new winter coats for 20 families and 45 children in need, from infants to teenagers. These families described the amazing feeling they had to be able to give warm coats to their children. For those who have experienced dramatic changes in their lives, particularly from trauma, the little things can often become the big things.
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus, as well as Richard, Henry and Gayle, who we have worked with over the years. You make a difference!