MELBOURNE ― The Knights of Columbus (K of C) is a global Catholic fraternal charitable service order.

The organization was founded in March 1882 as a mutual benefit society for working-class and immigrant Catholics in the United States. It has grown to support refugee relief, Catholic education, local parishes and dioceses, communities, and global Catholic social and political causes.

Coats for Kids provides warmth for children in need during cold winter months. The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in North America goes without a coat during the winter season. Through the dedication of councils across the United States and Canada, hundreds of thousands of new winter coats have been distributed to children since the programs inception.

Councils across North America purchase new winter coats at a discount to be distributed to the children in need in their local communities. The coats provide warmth for children in need during cold winter months. The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in North America goes without a coat during the winter season. Through the dedication of councils across the United States and Canada, hundreds of thousands of new winter coats have been distributed to children since program inception.

Grand Knight Frank Meyer and the members of Fr. Gabriel Council in Melbourne chose to donate coats to the students and families of University Park Elementary, located at 500 W. University Boulevard in Melbourne.

University Park Elementary serves students from low income and/or underprivileged families. Coats are purchased with funds raised during the year and donated to deserving students and families.

Fr. Gabriel council, based out of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church raised enough funds to provide 96 coats to students of University Park Elementary.

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