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Knights of Columbus provide coats for area kids through pantries


Members of Gilmary Council #3868, Knights of Columbus, in Pittsburgh, gave out new winter coats to needy children in the local neighborhood area, through the St. John Vianney, Carrick Food Banks and local CCD school programs. Pictured are (from left): Joe March, Warden; Bernie Komoroski, Grand Knight; Jim Lacher, member; and, Dian Mierski, council webmaster. This was the fifth consecutive year the Gilmary Council has given out more than 100 winter coats to neighborhood children. "Coats for Kids" is a Knights of Columbus sponsored project conducted by individual councils around the world. For more information, go to their website:

Gilmary Council 3868, Knights of Columbus, visited the St. John Vianney Food Pantry in Allentown on November 18 to distribute a gift of more than 50 children’s coats.

The Knights have been providing this service for the children of food pantry participants for many years.

“We are always grateful for the generous response of the Knights of Columbus to the needs of our community. We especially want to thank Bernard Komoroski for making the arrangements with us,” Mary Fleisner, director of the St. John Vianney Food Pantry said.

As for the Knights, they tell us the happiness they see in the faces of the children is their reward, she added.

The Knights also made a financial contribution to the St. Mary of the Mount Social Ministry account for the benefit of the St. John Vianney Food Pantry to assist with future food purchases.

The Gilmary Council 3868 was formerly located in the St. John Vianney Parish. It is now located in Holy Apostles Parish in the St. Albert the Great location in Baldwin.


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