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Tootsie Roll Drive set Saturday

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Patrick Lubbers, a client of Southwest Area Training Services (SWATS) and a member of Father Trayer's Knights of Columbus Council No. 1126 of McCook, Nebraska, clutches Tootsie Rolls, preparing for the "Tootsie Roll Drive" for citizens with intellectual disabilities Saturday. Making plans for the annual drive are fellow Knights, Grand Knight Larry Eisenmenger, left, and Tootsie Roll Drive chairman Tony Spilinek, and SWATS administrator Shirley Alberts.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Knights of Columbus have changed the date of their annual "Tootsie Roll Drive" for citizens with intellectual disabilities from April to October, and Knights will be at Schmick's Market and Wal-Mart in McCook, Nebraska, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday.

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.

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