Knights of Columbus helping to keep kids warm this winter

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It might be too soon and too hot to be thinking of winter but it’s not for the Knights of Columbus.

MediaFor the past 11 years, Knights of Columbus Council 8025 has supplied new coats to all five Children’s Home Society programs in the Black Hills. This is made possible through it’s annual Coats For Kids Bowling Tournament each January.

The tournament generally raises around $5,000, and this year, that translated into 240 brand new coats.

The Knights of Columbus says its efforts wouldn’t be possible without continued participation in the bowling tournament and the support of it’s sponsors.

Coats For Kids Chairman John Schlim says, “It just gave you a good feeling to know that you’re helping kids in need. And that’s our mission.”

Most of the children and families served by Children’s Home Society deal with and are recovering from trauma.

The Development and Events Manager for Children’s Home Society, Theresa Schreiner, says that when a child gets to pick out one of the brand new coats they are reminded they come with lots of love and prayers.

“These coats are a tremendous blessing to children and families in all five Children’s Home Programs in the Black Hills,” Schreiner said.

The Coats For Kids program is an international program for the Knights of Columbus, and because of the buying power of the Knights, the coats are purchased at whole sale.

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