COATS FOR KIDS ….. JUST GOT BIGGER
At the December meeting, the Council discussed and approved an expanded participation as part of the annual “Coats for Kids” effort. Father Anthony had made us aware of a particular need at two migrant camps supported by Catholic Charities. In addition to coats, the families of the children at SFX school donated footwear, and Father obtained a significant donation of food and groceries. The Council purchased over 150 jackets and hoodies in specific sizes provided by Catholic Charities, our largest “Coats” program to date.
The Knights, the school principal and three Verot HS kids (we gave ball caps to as a bribe) spent a recent Saturday doing the distribution of the coats, shoes and groceries at the two camps which house agricultural workers. Needless to say, there were some very happy kids, some of whom couldn’t wait to try on their new coats. Some of the moms who came for groceries also got the opportunity to have their icons of Our Lady of Guadelupe blessed by Father Anthony. The Catholic Charities CEO from Venice was on hand with some staff, and wanted to pass along her gratitude to the Council for making the day such a resounding success.
- Thanks to those Knights, officers all, who helped out sorting, loading and/or distributing: Father Anthony Hewitt, Eugene Santillan, Ed Peres, John Tierney, Pat Himschoot and Jameson Depaola, who in addition rented a van to help transport.
- Principal John Gulley from St. Francis Xavier School.
- Future Knights from Bishop Verot HS: Xavier and Cameron Caangay and Dylan Lavis.
And a special thanks to Kim Austin, my professional Internet shopper, who made the online purchases, helped go out at the eleventh hour the night before to fill in the holes for the merchandise that did not arrive on time, and spent hours helping to sort and label the coats by name and size.