Overview

image_4Hamilton Connection

In the fall of 2015, Hamilton Knights of Columbus Councils 5860 and 8380, along with agents from the Knights of Columbus Insurance Bouvier Agency participated in the Coats for Kids initiative. By pooling our funds, we were able to purchase seven boxes of children’s coats. With twelve coats per box, we were able to purchase a total of eighty-four coats.

We distributed the coats to two Catholic schools in Hamilton, St. Michael and St. Brigid and to Notre Dame and St. Patrick's schools in Caledonia. We also distributed coats to the Office for Refugees for the Hamilton Diocese, which were distributed to newcomers arriving through the Office’s private sponsorship program.

There are school kids in Hamilton who simply do not have a winter coat. We aim to fix this problem.
Our goal and hope is that this year, we will be able to Unite with many more councils and take a truly Fraternal approach to carry out the Charitable work as an example of doing our best in fulfilling our Lord’s message in Mathew 25: 31vs36 “… I was naked and you gave me clothing”.
With your generous support, you can put a warm coat on a child who might otherwise go without this winter. Make A Donation  

Coats can be purchased at a cost of $340 per case of 12 (including shipping).

Cheques will be deposited into the Ontario Knights of Columbus Foundation bank account. An individual who purchases a box may be eligible for a tax receipt issued to them by the Knights of Columbus Ontario Charities Foundation, which is located at: 393 Rymal Road W, #201 Hamilton, ON, L9B 1V2
Please note that there is a limited supply of the thicker, Canadian winter coats. Should we deplete this stock, we will then begin distributing the lighter weight winter coats. The lighter weight version is what we distributed in 2017.
We recommend that individual donors consult with their tax advisor regarding the deductibility of any contributions.
STANDARD PREPACKS:
Boys Girls
(2)8 (4)7/8
(4)10/12 (6)10/12
(4)14/16 (2)14/16
(2)18
Councils / Individuals:

We are working directly with the school boards, and they will be providing us with the quantity, gender and sizes which are needed.

However, if you have a specific school or organization that you would like to deal with, please indicate in the remarks section of the order form, otherwise, leave blank. Please include the name of the school / organization as well as the address.

Note, we will attempt to meet your request, but due to logistics, this may not always be possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Councils, please complete the Council Order Form and mail it along with your cheque to:

Hamilton Coats for Kids
c/o Neil Bouvier
393 Rymal Road West, #204
Hamilton, ON
L9B 1V2

Individual donors, please complete the Individual Order Form and mail it along with your cheque to:

Hamilton Coats for Kids
c/o Neil Bouvier
393 Rymal Road West, #204
Hamilton, ON
L9B 1V2

Please note: If your council is not in the Hamilton area, then the boxes of coats that your council orders will be earmarked for that city (i.e. Brantford, St Catharines). It is the responsibility of the council to make the necessary arrangements to have the coats distributed at the schools. A time and date (distribution date) will need to be arranged with the school(s). It is advisable that you speak to someone from the school(s) well in advance of the distribution date.

If an individual donor wishes to make an anonymous donation, please indicate this and write "anonymous" on your cheque and registration form.  

Inquiries should be directed to:

Neil Bouvier
Knights of Columbus General Agent for Southern Ontario
Ph: 289-639-2588
Email: neil.bouvier@kofc.org