Tootsie Roll drive to benefit those with intellectual disabilities Aug. 22-23

August 19, 2020

Everyone loves Tootsie Rolls, and they have a special meaning in August.

During this difficult time of isolation and social distancing, the Knights of Columbus members continue their legacy of helping neighbors. It is important to serve those who need help now more than ever.

The Knights will conduct a Tootsie Roll drive after every mass Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23, at St. Edmond Church in Rehoboth Beach. The candy will be distributed hands-free.

Money raised will be donated to enrich the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. The Knights ask for financial support from the Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey Beach communities.

All donations go directly to organizations that support individuals with intellectual disabilities: 75 percent to Sussex County organizations and 25 percent to Special Olympics.

Last summer, the Tootsie Roll Drive brought in over $8,000 in donations. In addition to $2,200 for the Special Olympics, $2,500 was given to Chimes in Millsboro for equipment to enable improved training for staff, and $1,500 to the Children’s Beach House in Lewes.

The last $2,500 was used to co-sponsor the Blockhouse Pond Run for the Sussex Consortium in Lewes, a field day event for local school students with special needs.

With help from Giant Foods, Outlet Liquors, Casapulla’s and Executive Lawns, the Knights added further funds to provide and serve free hot dogs, chips and water to all students and family members in attendance.

Because COVID-19 has reduced foot traffic by St. Edmond Church, those interested can send a check made payable to KOC 7297 and note Tootsie in the memo area. Mail it to: Knights of Columbus, PO Box 385, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Donors can come by Laurel Street and King Charles Avenue after masses Aug. 22-23 for a free Tootsie Roll.

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