Local Knights of Columbus to distribute over 300 brand new coats

George Ribellino

Norwalk, Conn. – More than 300 brand new coats will be distributed by the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Initiative with Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) . This Initiative helps keep kids warm over the winter months by providing this necessity. Due to the COVID -19 pandemic, the Knights had to do it slightly different this year. Normally, the families would come down to the distribution site and the Knights would assist with finding the correct size. To be safe during the pandemic, the Knights of Columbus and FCA decided to have the Knights set up the coats at FCA’s building on 140 Water Street and have the FCA social workers pick up the coats and distribute to the families directly. “Even though we had to change how we do the event, the most important thing is that children will receive a warm coat for the upcoming winter season”, said Project Chairman and District Deputy George Ribellino.

Knights of Columbus Councils from Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Westport and 4th Degree Assembly100 came together to purchase the brand new coats. The local event is part of the Knights of Columbus national Leave No Neighbor Behind initiative. Since the program launched in 2009, more than 500,000 coats have been distributed in 49 states and all 10 Canadian provinces.

“The pandemic has created an even bigger need in our community so we do what Knights do and help our Brothers and Sisters when times are rough,” said Ribellino. “It’s great to see brother Knights come together from different councils to combine resources to help more people in need.”

FCA’s President & CEO, Rob Cashel adds, “Personally, and on behalf of Family & Children’s Agency, I cannot thank the Knights of Columbus enough for their generous efforts to secure 300 new coats for our clients through their Coats for Kids Initiative. During these challenging times, I am truly grateful that there are groups like the Knights of Columbus that dedicate their time and efforts to meeting critical needs in our community”.

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Family & Children’s Agency is a leading non-profit human services organization with programs for community members of all ages, including behavioral and mental health, addiction recovery services, after-school programs, parenting education, homeless services, family counseling, specialized foster care, home care for older adults, and more. The organization serves several thousand individuals every year. www.FamilyandChildrensAgency.org

This article originally appeared on the Norwalk Patch