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Photo of the Day: Knights of Columbus making sure needy stay warm this winter

John Carlson helps Sio Vahe, 9, try on a coat while he and his brothers, Lako, 6, left, and Soane, 7, attend a free coat distribution event.
John Carlson, deputy grand knight for the Knights of Columbus St. Patricks, right, helps Sio Vahe, 9, try on a coat while he and his brothers, Lako, 6, left, and Soane, 7, attend a free coat distribution event at the former Guadalupe School location in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. The Knights of Columbus of Utah organized the event as part of their effort to give out 3,000 coats throughout Utah this fall.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Children in need and people experiencing homelessness in the Salt Lake City area will stay warm this winter thanks to the Knights of Columbus.

According to Bob Masse Jr., the Utah state Coats for Kids chairman for the Knights of Columbus, the Knights raised $55,000 this year to distribute 3,000 coats, plus hats and gloves, throughout Utah this fall.

On Saturday, they started handing out coats to people experiencing homelessness at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall, and followed that up with an event focused on children in need at the former Guadalupe School on the northwest side of Salt Lake City.

Mariangel Sequera, center, smiles as her brother, Endrichez Bello, left, tries on a coat during a free coat distribution event at the former Guadalupe School location in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. The Knights of Columbus of Utah organized the event as part of their effort to give out 3,000 coats throughout Utah this fall.
Mariangel Sequera, center, smiles as her brother, Endrichez Bello, left, tries on a coat during a free coat distribution event at the former Guadalupe School location in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. The Knights of Columbus of Utah organized the event as part of their effort to give out 3,000 coats throughout Utah this fall.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News