Sunday, October 23, 2016

Southington Community Services partners with the Knights of Columbus in Sharing The Joy of Giving 'Coats for Kids"

Asked about a recent delivery of five dozen brand new winter coats to Southington Community Services, Director Janet Mellon beamed with delight, as she displayed the racks of brightly styled children’s coats, neatly hanging in the SCS facility in Plantsville, all sorted by gender and size.  Mellon explained, “We started receiving these ‘Coats for Kids’ from the Knights of Columbus, (Southington’s Isabella Council # 15), a few years ago. The Knights support SCS in other ways during the course of each year, Mellon stated. “So, they know that we have the means to identify and select qualified families and the ability to distribute the new coats to children who might very likely go without this year or be left with the option of wearing worn, tattered or ill-fitting repeated hand me downs at best.” 

Happy faces of Bill Shatas, Janet Mellon and Richard Pillar as they show
several warm winterCoats for Kids donated by the K of C for distribution by
Southington Community Services
Mellon thanked K of C officers Richard Pillar, Grand Knight of Council 15, and Faithful Navigator Bill Shatus of the K of C (4th degree) Assembly 122 for their continued support of the new winter coats for children.  “We’re so grateful to the Knights, not only for their generosity, but especially for their kindness in providing an attractive assortment of design and color styles so kids can enjoy wearing their new coats with a joyful sense of pride and dignity.” 

 “Through the Coats for Kids program, one thousand six hundred twenty-five Knights of Columbus councils distributed 79,320 coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada in 2015.” Pillar said. 

Shatas added, “Since the program began in 2009, more than 306,000 coats have been distributed. We are honored to partner with Southington Community Services in this important mission in our town.

The Town of Southington’s Community Services provides a wide variety of life-supporting services to qualified Southington residents, also serving as an advocate and link between private providers, human services and governmental agencies with a substantial assist in private monetary and in-kind donations as well as an energetic complement of dedicated volunteers.

Founded in New Haven, CT in 1882 by Rev. Fr. Michael J. McGivney, today the Knights of Columbus is an international order of 1.9 million members world-wide and is the largest charitable organization in the United States.  In 2015, the Knights set a new all-time record with $175,079.192 in charitable donations plus 73.5 million hours of volunteer member service valued at $1.7 Billion. Founded in 1885, Southington’s Council 15 continues to apply the four core guiding principles of the Order in its work: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The most recent reported fraternal year, Council 15 and the 4th degree Assembly 122 donated more than $25,000 to more than 25 separate local charities.

Knights of Columbus Isabella Council 15 - Fall Breakfast Buffet - Sunday, October 23, 2016

Served buffet style all morning from 7 to 11:30 am 
Among several sources of revenue raised for charity, the Knights holds a popular annual spring and fall pancake breakfast. The 2016 Fall Breakfast Buffet will be held this Sunday, October 23rd at the Calendar House located at 388 Pleasant Street, from 7 to 11:30 am. Admission for adults is $7.00, Senior Citizens $6.00 and children under six free. Come and enjoy a warm, convivial and enjoyable event with your family. See the familiar faces of friends and become acquainted with some you haven’t met.  

As published: Southington Citizen, October 21,2016

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