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Knights of Columbus to offer Tootsie Rolls for dollars

It’s hard to pass up a Tootsie Roll, which the Knights of Columbus organization knows better than anyone. Once again, the tasty treats will be handed out in front of several local stores and the local Catholic churches on the weekend of Oct. 14-15 by members of the Knights of Columbus in an attempt to raise money for Special Olympics and Camp ReCreation.

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s organization that now boasts 1.8 million members nationwide, was founded in 1882. Their primary focus was to assist widows and orphans of miners. Currently, they work to support members, members’ families, parishes and the local community. One of the groups that they sponsor annually are those who are mentally and/or physically challenged.

The Special Olympics program provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Aside from participating in physical fitness, athletes demonstrate courage and experience the joy of teamwork, friendship and accomplishment. The Special Olympic experience allows athletes, their families and the local community to come together.

Camp ReCreation, a residential summer camp program, allows participants with developmental disabilities opportunities for fun, social interaction, and spiritual growth while providing parents and caregivers with a respite. Camp ReCreation also strives to increase the awareness and acceptance of those with special needs in the larger community.

Knights, wearing clearly marked yellow aprons, will be out front of K-Mart, SPD Grass Valley, the Brunswick Safeway, Save Mart, and Saint Patrick and Saint Canice Catholic Churches where they will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations.

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