Got Winter Coats?

Knights of Columbus launch annual drive

The Knights of Columbus, Loretto Council No. 536, will launch its annual winter coat drive on Monday, Nov. 2, continuing through Tuesday, Nov. 24. Donation bins are located at the Haldane Middle School, Haldane High School, Garrison School, Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring and St. Joseph’s Church in Garrison.

The Knights distributes the donated coats, which can be new or secondhand, to men, women and children in need through the Putnam County Department of Social Services in Carmel (for the women and children’s coats) and St. Christopher’s Inn at Graymoor in Garrison (for the men’s coats). Over the years the Knights have collected more than 300 coats, said Tom DesMarais, who is the drive’s chairman.

To learn more about the council, which is affiliated with Our Lady of Loretto and promotes the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, visit

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