Knights of Columbus members from Renton, Seattle and Tukwila will be giving away free tootsie rolls and collecting donations for Special Olympics of Washington as part of the Knights’ nationwide effort to collect funds to help people with disabilities. The local Knights of Columbus Campaign for People with Disabilities will take place at two locations in Renton:
- Sunday, Oct.14, Walmart –9am – 3pm
- Saturday/Sunday Oct. 20/21 Sam’s Club –9am – 3pm
Knights’ volunteers will visible wearing their bright yellow aprons at each location. Last year over $60,000 was raised through 35 participating councils across Washington State.
“Our Tootsie Roll Give-a-way will bring a smile to each shopper who receives a free one. There is no obligation to get a Tootsie Roll,” said Richard Bray, a member of the Knights of Columbus in Renton. “But those who do donate will get a great feeling knowing they are helping a disabled person through Special Olympics.”
The vision of Special Olympics is to help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions that they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens.
Volunteers from the four Knights of Columbus Councils (St. Anthony Parish – Renton, St. Thomas Parish –Tukwila, St. George Parish and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish – both Seattle) will be handing out tootsie rolls and collecting donations.
Bray added, “We commend these volunteers and the Renton Walmart and Sam’s Club stores for allowing this drive at their locations.”
Nationally, the Knights of Columbus Campaign for People with Disabilities has been in existence since 1970, with 47 states participating this year. In Washington, the program is operated by the Knights under “Columbus Charities,” a 501(c) (3) corporation.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic, Fraternal, Family, Service organization with nearly 1.7 million members worldwide. For more information about the Knights of Columbus, visit: www.kofc.org.
In Renton the Knights of Columbus also helps at the ARISE homeless men’s shelter, serves an annual breakfast at the Renton Senior Activity Center, raises funds for needy Haitian children and does other charitable works.