Every year in October, members of the Knights of Columbus offer patrons at local grocery stores a Tootsie Roll in exchange for any size donation that goes to help support many local charities whose missions serve people with developmental disabilities.
This year, the Knights will be outside with their yellow aprons and Tootsie Rolls at Save-a-lot, Gerbes, Wal-Mart, Woods, and Hy-Vee, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 11 - 13.
The Knights of Columbus are a Catholic fraternal, family and service organization dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Last year their efforts raised $625,000 across the state of Missouri. Here locally, the Camdenton Council #6365 and the Lake Ozark Council #9273 donated the Tootsie Roll challenge proceeds to the following charities: The Lamb House Lake Area Industries, Lake of the Ozarks Developmental Center, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Judevine for Autism, The Brain Injury of Missouri, and The Missouri State Council for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
"This event would not be possible if it weren’t for the support of our local grocery stores allowing the Knights to utilize their store fronts and for our supportive community," the Knights said in a press release about the fundraiser. Dale Holzer, General Manager at Save-A-Lot, has been a Knights of Columbus member for over 40 years and says he participates in the drive every year because he knows all the funds go to help kids and people with developmental disabilities.