Knights of Columbus ‘coats for kids’ giveaway is Friday in New Haven

NEW HAVEN — The city-based Knights of Columbus will distribute free new winter coats to those in need at at St. John the Baptist Church, 782 Dixwell Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon Friday .

“On Black Friday, many consumers focus on getting the best deal on new televisions or toys,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, in a release. “At the Knights of Columbus, we remember those who are not blessed with abundant things and cannot afford even the most basic necessities.”

“Many Catholics seek ways to put their faith into action. In addition to praying for those in need, they want hands-on opportunities to apply their energy and goodwill and truly make a difference. Through the Knights, our members can work side-by-side with other men to make a difference for those in need,” Anderson said.

The Knight of Columbus Coats for Kids distributions will be held in Bridgeport, Stamford, New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury and Brooklyn, the release said.

Coats will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at:

• New Haven: St. John the Baptist Church, 782 Dixwell Ave.

• Bridgeport: St. Charles Borromeo Church, McGivney Center, 391 Ogden St.

• Stamford: Knights of Columbus Hall, 507 Shippan Ave.

• New Britain: St. Joseph School, 29 Edson St.

• Brooklyn: Town of Brooklyn Recreation Department, 69 South Main St.

Coats will also be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at:

• Waterbury: All Saints Parish, St. Anne’s Shrine for Mothers, 515 South Main St.

In addition to the sites in Connecticut, Knights councils around North America will hold distribution events on and around Black Friday and throughout the winter with an expected 115,000 coats to be distributed this year, the release said. Almost 5,000 coats were distributed in Connecticut last year by the Knights and over 105,000 across North America, the release said.

The Knights in 2017 reported it set a record for the organization, continuing to increase its charitable giving, noting $12 million in growth from 2016, to $185.6 million. Also in 2017, the organization reports it logged 75.6 million hours of volunteer service worldwide.