Members of the Clallam County Special Olympics group (left) and Catherine McKinney of Clallam County Mosaic (sixth from right) stand with employees of the Sequim Walmart as they receive donations from Rob Nichols (eighth from left) of the Knights of Columbus from the Tootsie Roll Drive fundraiser in November. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Members of the Clallam County Special Olympics group (left) and Catherine McKinney of Clallam County Mosaic (sixth from right) stand with employees of the Sequim Walmart as they receive donations from Rob Nichols (eighth from left) of the Knights of Columbus from the Tootsie Roll Drive fundraiser in November. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Mosaic, Special Olympics receive $2,000

Donations from Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive support special needs

On Jan. 24, the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus presented donation checks totaling nearly $2,000 to two local organizations that work with adults with special needs.

The donation, which traces back to the annual Tootsie Roll Drive fundraiser at the Sequim Walmart in early November, will go to support operations costs for Clallam County Mosaic and the Clallam County branch of the Special Olympics of Washington State.

The fundraiser took place over two days, and was led by the Knights of Columbus as well as representatives of both groups benefiting from the donations.

“Mosaic is grateful to the Knights of Columbus volunteers who organize the iconic Tootsie Roll Drive,” said Catherine McKinney, program coordinator for Mosaic. “And, for the two days spending time outside of Walmart greeting folks and offering Tootsie Rolls in exchange for a donation to organizations which serve individuals with special needs.

“And thanks to Walmart for allowing us to greet and speak with their customers. The amount raised is amazing because most of the donations are small, but together they create huge impacts.”

“We would like to add our great appreciation to Columbus Charities,” said Britney Rowland, a director and coach for Special Olympics in Clallam County.

“This size of a donation makes a big impact on a community our size.”

Rob Nichols of the Knights of Columbus said that he was happy to help two local organizations that do so much good for a community that needs the support.

Also an employee of Walmart, Nichols said that connection made the fundraiser much easier to organize.

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