Warm re­gards

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE -

It has be­come a quiet and sim­ple “rite of Au­tumn” in Rap­pa­han­nock County. The names may change over the years, but the spirit of Chris­tian char­ity and ser­vice to the com­mu­nity re­mains a con­stant. This event — the an­nual de­liv­ery of new win­ter coats to the county’s so­cial ser­vices de­part­ment by Knights of Colum­bus Fr. Mau­rice du Castil­lon Coun­cil 14755 — took place last Fri­day (Sept. 29).

This year, Fam­ily Ser­vices Spe­cial­ist Lind­say Nor­man ac­cepted 24 boys and girls coats for dis­tri­bu­tion to chil­dren who might oth­er­wise go with­out dur­ing this com­ing win­ter. Deputy Grand Knight Pete Gasper pre­sented the coats on be­half of Grand Knight Tom Junk and Coun­cil 14755. John Ha­garty, the coun­cil's Coats for Kids chair­man (the one who does the real work), as­sisted in the pre­sen­ta­tion.

Since the pro­gram be­gan in 2009, the Knights have dis­trib­uted nearly 400,000 coats; last year alone they dis­trib­uted 87,906 coats through­out the U.S. and Canada.

Next year, the names may change again, but Coun­cil 14755 will come for­ward as al­ways for this “rite of au­tumn” to en­sure that no child in Rap­pa­han­nock County will go with­out a warm coat.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Lind­say Nor­man of the Rap­pa­han­nock De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and Deputy Grand Knight Pete Gasper with two of the 24 coats col­lected by the Knights of Colum­bus.

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