Following last year’s distribution of 18 cases of coats, eight more than their previous best year, The Infant Jesus of Prague Council 11667 at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Kilmarnock this year purchased and distributed nineteen cases (228) of coats plus 10 new coats, donated by a council member, to needy children on the Northern Neck, as part of the Faith in Action Program.
In the council’s seventh year of participation in Coats for Kids program, the council has distributed more than 750 coats. This council, only 76 members strong, achieved this recent pinnacle thanks to the generous donations from the community and the hard work and efforts of Committee Chairman PGK George Galo and the council’s DGK Wes Werling.
In an area with many low-income families, who use their scarce resources to meet the most basic essentials, help is needed to provide this vital winter necessity. The school staffs are well aware of those in need, as they see the children every day during the coldest winter days and distribute the coats accordingly. This year, the Council provided more than 50 new coats to primary schools in Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties, and 25 coats to The Haven for distribution by school staff.
George Galo is pictured with Mary Catherine Jones, Assistant Principal, Lancaster Primary
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