HINTON, WV — The Knights of Columbus are helping to take the bite out of winter for two dozen Hinton area elementary school children with the recent donation of new winter coats through the Knights of Columbus Roundtable at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
“We’re just a small clog in a national wheel of Knights of Columbus Councils throughout the country that are helping children with donations of thousands of winter coats nationally in the Knights’ Coats for Kids Program,” said Larry Hylton of the St. Patrick Knights of Columbus Roundtable. “Closer to home, hundreds of kids are sporting new coats through the efforts of the John Halipin Council 5657 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley.”
“Over the years,” said Sande “Bear” Genung, chairman of the Beckley program, “Council 5657 has donated literally thousands of coats through the Southern West Virginia school system, for who better knows the needs of the kids than those who teach them? This year, our Council has been fortunate to have donated 75 coats in Fayette County, 48 coats in Raleigh County and now 24 coats in Summers County.
“In addition to Coats for Kids,” Genung continued, “with the help of organizations such as St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus Round Table, our Feed the Hungry program distributed more than seven tons of food through Loaves and Fishes in Hinton, Helping Hands in Beckley, and St. Peter and Paul’s Parrish in Oak Hill. Our Council also has supported financially the efforts of Loaves and Fishes and the Table of Plenty in Hinton and the Sacred Heart Food Bank in Welch.”
“We are most grateful and appreciative of the continued support of the Knights of Columbus,” said Hylton, a founding member of the Knights of Columbus Roundtable and the Table of Plenty, co-sponsored by the Knights and the St. Patrick men’s group, the Friars Club. “It’s that support, as well as that of others, and our volunteers that make the Table of Plenty possible.”
The Table of Plenty provides free hot dinners every other Wednesday at the St. Patrick Catholic Church Hall at the corner of Second Avenue and Temple St. in downtown Hinton, with the next one scheduled for January 24.