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Knights Continue Coats for Kids Program

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Knights of Columbus councils in Connecticut will continue their signature Coats for Kids program on Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, providing thousands of children with new winter coats at eight distribution sites throughout the state. Launched in 2009, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program, through the efforts of 8,000 Knights of Columbus councils throughout the United States and Canada, has provided more than 949,000 coats to children in need.

Coats for Kids distributions in Connecticut will take place on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated) at the following locations:

  • Bridgeport – 391 Ogden Street, McGivney Center – Saint Charles Borromeo Church
  • Columbia – 328 Route 66, Saint Columba Church Hall
  • Hartford – 140 Farmington Avenue, Cathedral of Saint Joseph
  • Middletown – 155 Washington Street, Saint Sebastian Church
  • New Haven – 397 Ferry Street, Saint Francis Church
  • Plainfield – 10 Railroad Avenue, Saint John’s Church
  • Waterbury – 515 South Main Street, All Saints Parish – Todos Los Santos Parish
  • Stamford – 507 Shippan Avenue, Knights of Columbus (Note: Distribution in Stamford will occur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

In recent years, Knights of Columbus councils have expanded their efforts by supplying local police officers and firefighters with coats to distribute within their communities as they go about their day-to-day duties.

In 2021, Knights of Columbus councils distributed more than 149,000 new winter coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada, a total which includes over 5,000 provided in Connecticut. This year, Connecticut councils have already distributed over 6,000 coats to children in need.

About the Knights of Columbus

In 1882, Blessed Michael McGivney, a young parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut, founded the Knights of Columbus to serve the needs of a largely immigrant Catholic community. What began as a small fraternal benefit society has since grown into one of the world’s leading international charitable organizations, with more than 2 million members in over 16,000 local councils. Last year, Knights around the world donated nearly 48 million service hours and nearly $154 million for worthy causes in their communities. The Knights of Columbus also offers extensive life insurance products to members and their families. Knights of Columbus currently has more than $120 billion* of life insurance in force and was named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Insurance Companies 2023. In addition, the Knights provides investment services in accord with Catholic social teaching through Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors, which holds more than $25 billion in assets under management. Based on the founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus is committed to strengthening Catholic families and parishes and to practicing faith in action through service to all in need. To learn more or to join the Knights of Columbus, please visit kofc.org/join.