BELLEFONTE — The Christopher Council of the Delaware Knights of Columbus is helping keep children warm this winter through the organization’s annual coat drive.
The council, which serves Holy Rosary and St. Helena’s parishes, gave away more than 300 coats to various organizations in mid-November. The Christopher Council bought some of the coats, while others were donated to the council by area stores, said Tom Cassidy, who chairs the drive.
Neal Potts, a member of the Christopher Council and the state coat drive chairman, said the Knights have sponsored a drive since 2009, and this is his council’s third year participating.
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“The coats from our council went to Claymont (Elementary School), Maple Lane (Elementary School), (Bellevue Community Center), Mary Mother of Hope Houses — all of them — and Holy Rosary. Our council has well over 300, and well over 3,000 statewide,” he said.
Seventeen councils in Delaware are taking part, Potts said, with the value of the coats exceeding $54,000. Some were purchased by the councils, and some were donated.
All photos by Mike Lang.