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Michael S. Winkler
State Coats for Kids
Email: CoatsForKids@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (253) 459-4756

 Coats For Kids

 Provide warmth for deserving
 children during cold winter months.


Families struggling to make ends meet use their scarce resources to meet the most basic needs and cannot always afford the vital essential of a new winter coat. 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.

Councils across north America can purchase new winter coats for children in need at a discount and distribute them in their local communities. A featured program, Coats for Kids counts for two credits toward the Columbian award.

Brothers,

 It is time to start ordering through Supreme your Coats for Kids!  The one big change this year from Supreme is that when your council orders coats this year you must pay with a credit/debit card prior to the completion of the order.  That is, you cannot order now and pay later

 Supreme Council is again doing a 50/50 matching program this fraternal year for Black Friday/Boxing Day. As in the past, they will only match coats purchased through Supreme.  Supreme will not accept requests for matching coats directly from councils. Washington State Coats for Kids Chair Mike Winkler must submit the request on behalf of the State of Washington to Supreme for their review and approval.  Our consolidated State request must be to Supreme by October 5th.  To meet this timeline you must have your council request to Mike by September 24th.  Information Mike will need includes:

  1. How many cases of coats you ordered.
  2. When and where your Black Friday event will be; including name of the location, street address, and time of the event.
  3. Your target group of recipients, to include the poverty rate if you have it.  Mike may be able to help you with the local free and reduced lunch rates as published by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  4. How you will use this as a recruiting opportunity.

Black Friday events do not necessarily need to fall on the day after Thanksgiving.  However, whichever day you select it is intended to be both a charitable and recruiting opportunity.  With the ongoing pandemic concerns, our Black Friday events may still be similar to last year. We will need to track this closely with the focus on the safety of our members and our community.  Think about how you did it last fall and how you were still able to promote the work of the Knights of Columbus and include recruiting opportunities.

While Supreme cannot guarantee that all proposals received will receive coats, they “will work hard to accommodate as many proposals/requests as possible”.  As all of you know as past participants, we have been very fortunate to receive coats through this program.  Supreme lists November 5th as the date we should receive our matching coats by.   Once we receive the coats, our distribution plan will be the same as last year.

To order coats go to Officers online supply portal.  

Additional Resources

Coats for Kids - Supreme Resouce

Email webmaster@kofc-wa.org