The Knights of Columbus Council #665 will hold their 47th Annual Intellectual Disabilities Fund Drive, better known as the Tootsie Rolls Drive, Friday and Saturday in Effingham. On those days members will be at various locations and intersections in Effingham accepting donations and passing out Tootsie Rolls.
In honor of the ongoing drive, Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker signed a proclamation declaring September 16 and 17 as “Helping Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities Day” in Effingham.
“Thank you to the Effingham Knights of Columbus Council for being a consistent and effective advocate for the developmentally disabled population in the Effingham region,” said Mayor Bloemker. “Please support their fundraising efforts. The Effingham K of C is a great organization and their presence in Effingham is very much appreciated.”
Proceeds from the annual fund drive benefit area organizations that serve those with intellectual disabilities such as E.A.S.T.E.R., ARC Community Services, S.E.A.R.C.H., Inclusion Awareness, Special Olympics, and special programs at local schools. Last year, the Knights of Columbus distributed over $13,000 to various organization in the area.
Please be aware of collectors at intersections on Friday and Saturday and drive carefully.
The Knights of Columbus is looking for local businesses to help cover the costs of Tootsie Rolls for the drive. Boxes are $19.50 each. For more information contact the Knights of Columbus at 217-821-5844.