A few thousand children will receive new winter coats from the Knights of Columbus on Black Friday, Nov. 24. The national effort builds on a program that started in Bridgeport, Conn., during Thanksgiving weekend in 2009.
“While society pushes us to buy things on Black Friday, the Knights of Columbus remember those who don’t have basic necessities that most of us take for granted,” said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Our members are making sure that children have something essential, a coat, to help them stay warm during winter.”
Coats will be distributed Friday, Nov. 24, at sites in Connecticut, Idaho, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Maryland, Illinois, Washington State and Nebraska.
Last year, 1,600 Knights of Columbus councils distributed more than 80,000 new winter coats on Black Friday. In all, the Knights have given more than 400,000 new winter coats to children.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It donated $177.5 million and 75 million hours of service to charitable causes in 2016.