“No child should be without a coat in the winter and no parent should have to decide between a coat for their child or putting food on the table.” (KofC Massachusetts State Council 2021 web home page)
The Knights of Columbus recognize that keeping kids warm in harsh winter climates is one of the many basic needs for families, and has been providing “Coats for Kids” since 2009. The Holy Family Parish Knights of Columbus Council 15197, has participated in this program yearly, supplying coats to children within our community.
This year, the rising cost of everything amid the ongoing record inflation has greatly increased the number of families whose income cannot meet basic needs. The KofC Council 15197 encountered a larger number of requests for kids coats this year, and was able to distribute over 90 new coats; a 39% increase from last year. We worked with the elementary schools of Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately, and Hatfield, as well as outside organizations. These organizations included Jessie’s House, The Grace House, The Gray House, and the Springfield Rescue Mission. The coat sizes ranged from 3 months to kids XL. We would like to share some of the responses from the recipient letters.
“To The Knights of Columbus, … The Sunderland Elementary School is so fortunate to have received beautiful new coats to share with our students and families. … We have been able to gift our children with something warm to wear at the ideal time, just before winter cold settles in. We are blessed with these generous donations and thank you for helping keep children warm, safe, and Happy this year!”
Victoria Palmer, Psychologist/Counselor
Sunderland Elementary School
Dear Knights of Columbus “Thank you! You helped make this Holiday Season feel special for the moms and kiddos at the Gray House. We are grateful for your kindness, generosity and effort to keep our babies warm. We will be wishing you well in the New Year … ”
From the Staff
The Gray House
The Knights of Columbus council 15197, want to thank our parish community for supporting the KofC fund raising drives that enable us to reach out to people in need. “Charity is at the heart of our work and our faith — and it always has been.”