Kids in need get new winter coats from Knights of Columbus


While people across the country spent the morning Black Friday shopping, kids in need across Connecticut picked out new coats. 

Knights of Columbus held its Coats for Kid program in five locations across the state, including here in New Haven at St. John the Baptist Church. 

“There’s no strings, no questions asked, anyone who shows up and we have a coat for them, they get it,” said Bill Murray of Knights of Columbus.

Kids picking up coats in New Haven got an extra gift thanks to some people from the community.

“People learned that we were doing the coats giveaway from last year, found out that we were going to do it again this year and were so charitable that they decided to knit about 200 hats for us,” said Murray. 

Knights of Columbus gave out thousands of coats in the state and estimated at least 100,000 coats were given out nationwide today. 

“And it’s just a wonderful showing for all the kids, to see the smile on their faces, to get a nice warm coat because it’s so cold outside,” said Leotis Titus of Knights of Columbus.

“Their faces light up,” said Murray, “their parents faces light up, they get a brand new coat and they’re excited about it, very much.”

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