Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program connects with White Buffalo Youth Lodge to help families in need

Source: Catholic Saskatoon News – Diocesan News Portal»»

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News

A group photo at White Buffalo Youth Lodge, including Saskatchewan State Associate Chaplain Bishop Bryan Bayda of the Eparchy of Saskatoon, Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan K of C Charitable Foundation Harvey Granatier, and Saskatchewan Coats for Kids Chairman Shawn Scherr.
(Submitted photo – Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus)

Hundreds of winter coats have been distributed to children in Saskatchewan through the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program, including a recent delivery underway in conjunction with the White Buffalo Youth Lodge in Saskatoon.

“The Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus continue to promote its Leave No Neighbor Behind program in all communities across Saskatchewan while demonstrating our faith in action,” said Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus State Deputy Joseph Riffel.

“As Tribal Chief, I would like to thank Knights of Columbus for providing an opportunity to partner with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and White Buffalo Youth Lodge in a unique opportunity to support children and families with coats during a difficult time for families,” said Chief Mark Arcand.

“This ensures that youth will be a little warmer during the winter months. A special thanks to everyone involved that have stepped up to make a difference in children and families lives, during Covid- 19. We look forward to continuing this opportunity in the future to keep supporting vulnerable children and families,” Arcand said.

K of C State Chaplain Bishop Bryan Bayda of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon, and Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon joined members of the Knights of Columbus at White Buffalo Youth Lodge Jan. 29, as hampers with the new coats included were being prepared.

“It really is an honour to participate with the Knights of Columbus in partnering with the White Buffalo Youth Lodge to meet the needs of youth and families in our community during this difficult time of the pandemic,” said Bishop Hagemoen. “It is also great to see the team at the Youth Lodge who work with their leadership to be a tremendous service and support in Saskatoon.  A project like this provides inspiration and hope in many ways – again, it is an honour to be involved in some small way.”

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