Christmas came early for 105 refugee children thanks to Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Comprehensive Refugee Services and Knights of Columbus Monsignor Bishop Council 2112 in Orlando. Most of the children and their families are from places like Cuba, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo and this was their first Christmas in the U.S.

This is the seventh year the Knights hosted breakfast with Santa. Amidst the sounds of Christmas songs and sing-alongs, the Knights served a warm meal, then each child awaited eagerly to hear their name called out. This is the first year that the council participated in Coats for Kids. They chose to begin by donating 48 lightweight coats for the youth, while Pegasus Transportation, Inc. donated 69 gifts. The rest came from a bible study group from Most Precious Blood Parish in Oviedo.

Former Grand Knight Ron Abate has been there every year. He said, “It’s just a part of being Catholic. I love the kids. I just think of them shivering and I want them to be comfortable. It’s a lot of fun for us to do this and we hope it keeps growing.”

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic – December 17, 2018