Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 1, 2014

Knights of Columbus make ‘Tootsie Roll’ donations


CROSSVILLE — The Knights of Columbus Council 8152 presented the proceeds of the 2013 M.R. “Tootsie Roll” Drive to representatives of ARC, Hilltoppers and NAMI. Due to the generosity of the people of Crossville and Cumberland County and the support of local merchants, the M.R. “Tootsie Roll” Drive raised more than $11,000 for mentally challenged people in Cumberland County and Middle Tennessee.

The annual M.R. “Tootsie Roll” Drive is one of the charitable efforts by the Knights of Columbus councils throughout the country to fulfill the vision of funder Father Michael J. McGivney, to care for the widows, orphans and vulnerable members of society. Every year, volunteers accept donations in front of supporting businesses from the generous people of the community. The proceeds are distributed through The M.R. Foundation of Tennessee, Inc., a Knights of Columbus-sponsored charity foundation, to local 501(c)3 agencies in Tennessee assisting individuals, living in Tennessee, with mental retardation.  The Foundation also supports students attending a higher education facility in Tennessee, working toward a master’s degree in special education.

Historically, the Knights of Columbus in Cumberland County have supported ARC (formerly Association of Retarded Citizens), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Hilltoppers here in Cumberland County.

The 2014 M.R. “Tootsie Roll” Drive has begun. This year’s chairmen, John Kopmeier and Tony Zimmermann, have started enlisting the support of local area merchants. Thus far Kmart, Kroger, IGA and Food City have affirmed their continued support. The M.R. Drive volunteers will be in front of participating establishments on July 25-26 and Aug. 8-9 2014.

The Knights of Columbus Council 8251 is a fraternal organization of catholic men from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Crossville and Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade.  All catholic men are invited to join our fraternal organization. Men interested in joining should contact Grand Knight Mike Wilkiel or contact any Knight for more information.

Thanks to supporting merchants Wal-Mart, Kmart, Kroger, Food City and IGA, whose continuing support enables the Knights of Columbus to continue its charitable work helping the people of Crossville and Cumberland County.