Coats for Kids - Spaghetti Supper and Distribution
Council: 10019 - LEWISTON
On September 27th, our council sponsored a spaghetti & meatball supper fundraiser to purchase warm winter coats for local under privileged kids. The well advertised supper drew approximately 150 people for the meal. This year we had two generous donations, one from the Waterford Game Rod and Gun Club, the other was an anonymous donner. We thank them both for these very generous gifts. With all expenses covered we had a net profit of $1850.00.
With the funds secured we ordered six cases and donating seventy two coats to underprivileged boys and girls. With the Dominican Sisters of Sabattus, Loaves and Fishes organization and their representative Nicole Daigle, was assigned to locate families in need and contacted them to schedule time and date of pick-up. November 7th, was set for coat distribution.
In addition a small group of ladies from Holy Family Church, volunteered their expertise to knit 55 hats and 50 pairs of mittens, donated in addition to the coats. The 6 cases of 72 coats were unloaded at the convent by brother knights. Brothers Brian Labrecque, Robert Roberge, Matt Viens and Robert Dumond, also there was Julie Dumond and Norma Roberge helping to lend a helping hand.
The volunteer knights were eager to help fit each child with a properly fitting coat. What a delight to see these poor kids select a coat, hat, mittens of their choosing. Many of these kids no doubt receiving for the first time, new coats, not hand me downs. Their happy smiles were our reward.
Yes, there was enough for all, with leftovers kept for another day. We contacted members of the St. Dominic Academy, Key Club which is supporting 150 needy families for Christmas. They were very eager to take the remainder of the coats and hats to supplement their giving tree project. They will certainly put these coats to good use.
Our thanks for the Dominican Sisters and the Key Club in helping our council with this project. Truly this had been a wonderful community project with far reaching good will. Merry Christmas.