Coats for Kids Program

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Overview

Did you know many children throughout the United States and Canada go without a coat each winter? Many low-income families use their scarce resources to meet the most basic essentials and they need help to provide this vital winter necessity.

That’s why the Knights of Columbus developed the Coats for Kids program, which allows councils across North America the opportunity to purchase new winter coats for children at a discount and to distribute them to children in need in their local communities.

Through our Coats for Kids program, 1,780 local councils distributed 87,906 coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada in 2016. Since the program began in 2009, nearly 400,000 coats have been distributed.

How It Works

Every Knights of Columbus council is eligible to participate in Coats for Kids. Coats can be purchased at a cost of US$220 per case of 12 (including shipping) for orders shipped to addresses in the continental United States, and US$245 (including shipping) for orders shipped to Canada and other addresses outside the continental United States.

This fraternal year a limited supply of cases for boys and girls will be available with an assortment of teen sizes ranging from small to extra-large, for 8th grade through high school.  The size distribution will be four size small, four size medium, two size large, and two size extra-large.  Coats can be purchased for US$288 per case of 12 (includes group shipping only) for orders shipped to addresses in the continental United States, and US$313 (including ground shipping only) for orders shipped to Canada and other addresses outside the continental United States.

Pope Francis put it in perspective when he said “true charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.” With the help of Knights of Columbus councils, you can use this program to make a difference for children in need.

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