What can a Tootsie Roll do for children in the local area who are developmentally challenged each day? Well, just ask the Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council No. 7297 in Rehoboth Beach.
During summer 2012, members of the council stood outside St. Edmond Church after every Sunday Mass over one weekend and at the Rehoboth Kmart. A Tootsie Roll was offered to every child, and even to the adults who are children at heart. Many visitors to the church and shoppers at Kmart made donations, knowing that children with special needs in the local area would ultimately benefit.
On April 15, members of the council presented a check to Rich Garrett, executive director of Children’s Beach House, for $742. On April 17, a check for $742 was presented to Steve Parris of CHIMES Foundation of Millsboro for use in the local area. On April 19, a check for $1,000 was presented to the Sussex Consortium.
The campaign was established by the Knights of Columbus as a fundraiser for state and local councils for the benefit of people with intellectual disabilities. The councils collect donations and in appreciation, the donor is offered a candy bar, often a Tootsie Roll. The Knights of Columbus has no official tie to Tootsie Rolls or their manufacturer.