(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
The Knights' Tootsie Roll Drive is a statewide drive in which Tootsie Roll candy bars are given in exchange for donations, all of which will be spent on the needs of citizens with intellectual disabilities in the McCook area and within Nebraska.
Half of all money raised is returned to individual Knights councils, which then donate to the charities of their choice. Statewide, Tootsie Roll drives support Easter Seals, Special Olympics, Madonna School, Villa Marie, A.R.C. of Nebraska, S.M.I.L.E. Inc., Madonna Rehabilitation Center, Camp Quality USA and Sports for Kids/College World Series tickets.
The Knights of Columbus started their Tootsie Roll drives in 1976, and have raised approximately $4 million since then.