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The Melrose Council is a fraternal group of people
dedicated to serving those less fortunate

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From helping children in need, providing support for the physically disabled to helping to stock food banks, the Knights has been at the service of the communities in which we live and the needy around the world for more than 127 years

2017 Coats for Kids Program

For the 9th straight year Melrose Council #128 has contributed to the Coats for Kids program to benefit children who are in need of winter clothing. On December 4, 2017, 3 dozens coats were delivered to The Home for Little Wanderers in Roslindale. Since the Coats for Kids program was started by the Knights of Columbus to benefit children in the United States and Canada with new winter coats, there have been almost 400,00 coats distributed.

The funds were raised in part by the two annual concerts that the Melrose Council sponsored at Melrose Memorial Hall. The generosity of the Knights and area merchants and our fellow citizens is a reminder that Christmas is first and foremost a time to share in the abundance and joy that some of us take for granted. We have also made donations to the Bread of Life, A Servants Heart Food Pantry and St. Vincent de Paul and other local worthwhile causes this year.
Pictured with a sample of the coats delivered are Rick Rudolph, Christmas Giving Program chairman, Chelsea Gordon, from the Toy Room of the Home for Little Wanderers, and Dean DeLillo, Grand Knight.
The meals and other necessities purchased go directly to those who need it and because the Knights are a charitable, volunteer organization, every cent raised goes into funding these charities. Rick Rudolph, the Christmas Giving Program's chairman, reminded us that "the cornerstone of the Knights of Columbus is charity. That is our number one focus. We try to help as many people as we can, as often as we can." For more information, go to

About our Council

The Melrose Council works hard to support the people of Melrose and the surrounding communities through charity fundraising, volunteerism and compassionate care for those less fortunate. We are always looking for additional members who share our interest in a better community for all. Please consider joining our Council.

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Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. For more information please follow the link below.

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