By TOM HARALDSEN
Iron County Today
The Knights of Columbus Cedar City chapter once again conducted a successful Coats for Kids drive this season, something it has done since 2013. The Knights, the nationwide Catholic Church fraternal service organization, gets donations of coats to give to the Family Support Center, at 102 N. 200 East in Cedar City. The center then distributes the coats to children in need.
This year, the drive collected 840 winter items, 476 coats and $438 in cash donations that helps get a jump start on next year’s drive, where they can purchase coats when they are discounted and in sizes that weren’t donated.
“We go through and check each coat to make sure all the zippers are working, and launder any that need to be washed,” said Howard Austin, a member of the Knights of Columbus. He said the North State Bank location is always the largest drop location. “We’re grateful for all the businesses who placed cans to collect money, and those who allowed us to place boxes in their businesses for the drive.”
He said the Knights want to recognize and thank Paul Smith and the Mesa Hills LDS Ward for their support, along with Jeff and Deb Cowen who “were instrumental in getting the word out and letting others know about the drive.”
Businesses that participated with collection boxes included both State Bank locations, Zions Bank, Wells Fargo Bank south, Cal Ranch, IFA, Christensen’s and Walmart. Collection cans were located at Applebee’s, Christiansen’s, Bruno’s, IFA, American Grill, Brick House, Pizza Factory, both Bullocks locations, Wet Willis, Mikes Bar, Sizzler, Denny’s and Market Grill.
CAPTION: Member of the Knights of Columbus presented donated coats to the Family Support Center of Southern Utah from their annual Coats for Kids drive. Courtesy photo