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.
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.