October 22, 2018
Dear Members of the Knights of Columbus:
On behalf of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and most especially the many students who benefit from your goodness, I would like to thank you for your generosity. A number of our students benefit tremendously through the Knights of Columbus ”Coats for Kids” campaign.
This school year a request for 560 coats has been made to the ”Coats for Kids” program. This gives evidence to the increasing need for children in our most socio-economic disadvantaged school communities. The new coat is a blessing to these young people and a sign of hope to them and their families. Beyond keeping them warm, it shows them in a very personal way that there are people like the members of the Knights of Columbus who care and are able to assist them.
The new coat is indeed a special gift to a child very much in need. It serves to protect them from the elements of harsh weather but as well sets a very good example for them. They see through the service of the members of the Knights of Columbus individuals living out the call to all Christians to imitate Jesus Christ.
Although we wish otherwise, there will continue to be a real need to support our students in ways such as the gift of a coat. We very much value our partnership with the Knights of Columbus which enables the provision of such important services to our students.
Thank you once again and I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ showers you with His blessings for the significant difference you are making in the lives of young people in our community.
Yours very truly,
Patrick J. Daly
Chairperson of the Board
Dear Friend of Dr. Davey School:
It is with much gratitude that we thank you for generous donation. As you know, many of our families depend on people like you. We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to think of us.
Thank you so much!
Principal, staff and students of Dr. J. Edgar Davey School
November 14, 2016
I would like to thank you and your fellow members of the Knights of Columbus for your generosity and goodness. The coats you donated will be of great assistance to hundreds of students in our schools.
Not only will they and their families appreciate the coats they will receive but as well will benefit from the tremendous example you provide.
Our Catholic School System and the students we serve has benefitted on numerous occasions from the selfless service of the Knights of Columbus. The Coats for Kids campaign is but the most recent example of how the fruits of your goodness will make a real difference in the lives of young people in our community.
Please know that your wonder act of giving/mercy is very much appreciated.
Yours very truly,
Patrick J. Daly, Chairperson of the Board
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
“The Office for Refugees at the Diocese of Hamilton was very grateful to receive a generous donation of winter coats from the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” campaign in early 2016.
The Diocese of Hamilton welcomed more than 100 new Permanent Residents to Canada through our refugee sponsorship program in 2016. In a global community where more than 50% of the world’s refugees are children and youth, many of the refugees sponsored through our program are of school-age, in need of warmth, love, support, shelter, clothing, etc.
In 2016, the Government of Canada provided winter clothing and wear to Syrian newcomers, but other refugee groups were not provided this same support. In this context particularly, the Knights of Columbus initiative played a pivotal role in filling this gap, providing much needed warmth and care to very special young members of our Canadian community.
The value and appreciation of all of the newcomer families that benefited from the generosity of the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” campaign in 2016 cannot be overstated. And, I speak for all families in the pipeline to arrive in Canada this chilly winter season when I say: “thank you for your kindness in caring to keep our children warm”. For, it is only when our children are warm and safe that they are truly free to smile, to play, to thrive.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton
Erin Pease, Director, Office for Refugees
Dear Knights of Columbus, Bouvier Agency :
On behalf of the St. Michael Catholic Elementary School Community, we extend a heartfelt thanks to the Knights of Columbus for their generous donations of winter coats for some of our students.
As you may know, ours is an Equal Opportunity school with several families who require ongoing financial support. Through the generous support of various community agencies, we continue to offer our students nutritional snacks throughout the day. Some of our families receive additional food items for the weekend to help sustain their household needs.
We are proud to have a large number of English as a Second Language students who have fled their country of origin to seek a more safe and stable life. As newcomers, most of these families come with very little resources and limited supplies. Your generous donation of over 30 coats was an absolute blessing for these students. The following are some testimonials from the students themselves:
“It was a great experience when we got our new coats! I think every family was thankful for your help and support. I felt like I was welcomed to the school and I have been to other schools but St. Michael School really helped my family and other families. We are really thankful”. Ninwa A.
“I was very happy when I got my coat. I couldn’t believe that someone that did not know me would give me something so wonderful. Thank-you, Knights of Columbus!”. Mareo S.
“I love my new coat! It made me feel so happy. Thank-you!” Vani A.
“It was really nice for you to give us coats and to help peo0ple that need it. Thank-you very much for coming and give us the coats”. Maryam
“I felt very happy when I received my coat. I really needed a new coat because I did not have one. I knew that winter was coming. Thank-you so much!” John A.
As you can see, any support we give these children is received with much appreciation. It was such a wonderful experience to see the smiles on the faces of these children as they received their brand new coat.
Please extend our appreciation to your entire council and agency.
Mrs. M.J. Rossi
January 16, 2016
Dear Mr. Nat Gallo, Brother Knights and Bouvier Agency
With much gratitude, I write this note to thank you and your Brother Knights for your generous contribution of new winter coats for our students at St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School.
As the season of Advent allowed us to prepare spiritually through our promises to Jesus, your generosity has modelled a corporal work of mercy, helping those in need. This made a significant difference in lives of our students.
Your support as a community partner helped to lessen the burden felt by our families trying to provide for their children. Within our economically challenged community we are blessed to have supports in place to assist our children to be ready to learn. We depend on nutrition programs, clothing swap shop, eye glass program and various opportunities to attend events through community sponsorship to help provide for our families.
Our student council leaders and staff advisors were delighted to meet you and receive such a wonderful surprise. Your generous donation of new coats brought much excitement to our students, as they chose new coats: “Thanks, Now, I have a coat of my very own.” “Wow, this is awesome, Thanks.” “Thank you this is my favourite colour, like my friend” “Now, I will be warm for the winter, my Mom will be happy. Thank you” We also received some messages of appreciation from parents for your thoughtful support. The community was truly moved by your spirit of generosity.
Once again, thank you for your very generous support of our students, providing warmth of a new coat as well as emotional support in a time of need. As a school community, we pray that God will continue to bless the Knights of Columbus as Catholic leaders living the Gospel through their generous spirit and altruistic endeavors.
God Bless With much appreciation,