Knights of Columbus donates winter coats

Caring & Sharing Angel Tree Food Bank volunteer Alasdair Graham (left) and Paula King (far right) accept winter coat donations from St. Bernard Knights of Columbus Council in Enfield Hal Benson and Joe Gignac. (Healey photo)

ENFIELD: Four local food banks will reap the reward of generosity from the St. Bernard’s Knights of Columbus Council 11625.

On Sept. 28, Hal Benson and Joe Gignac visited the Caring & Sharing Angel Tree Food Bank where they delivered four boxes filled with boys and girls winter coats. Benson said other food banks in Middle Musquodoboit; Shubenacadie (Shumiliacke); and Hants North would also be getting four boxes each.

“Our main principal is charity,” said Benson. “We see a need in our community, and this is just a way that we can fill that need. We’ll be donating coats to other food banks in the area as well.”

What makes it all worth it?

“The look on the children’s faces when they get their new coat,” he said. “It’s kind of nice.”

King said the clients at the food bank look forward to getting the coats.

“They have to spend a lot money on everything else, so it’s good when we can supply things like school supplies, mittens, and winter coats,” said King, the vice president of Caring & Sharing. “They’re really happy when they come in.

“We’re very appreciative of the donation from the Knights. We’d be lost without them.”

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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!