Drive for Persons with Developmental DisabilitiesDrive October 12, 13 & 14, 2012*
Goal = $650,000.00
Online Donations can be made at http://tinyurl.com/KnightsDDD
(*Councils are asked to conduct their drive Oct. 12-14; however, if there are special circumstances that your council cannot conduct its drive this weekend, the insurance purchased by the state council to cover the drive is effective every weekend in the month of October.)
We as members of the Knights of Columbus are committed to supporting organizations who are dedicated to the health, education and welfare of persons with developmental disabilities. This is highlighted each year by our “Drive for Persons with Developmental Disabilities” (formerly known as the “Tootsie Roll Drive,” and more recently as the “MR Drive”).
Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
One-half of all proceeds collected in this annual drive go to support the Developmental Center which was started by the Missouri Knights in 1982.
The Center specializes in diagnosing and treating thousands of children afflicted with: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willie Syndrome, Hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder. This is done by a staff of Child Psychologists, Educational Diagnosticians, Social Workers, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Special Family Therapists, and special consultant “Professor Higgins” (a Goldendoodle) who provides “Dog Therapy.” Other programs in place include: Parent Education, Developmental Screening, Professional Training and Developmental Education.
Artist’s rendering of the new Knights of Columbus Developmental Center, which will be located on the 2nd floor of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation building at 3800 Park Ave. in St. Louis. This new facility will more than double the center size from its current 4,200 sq ft to 10,500 sq ft. This location will also have parking spots near the door which will make it much more convenient to get patients into their appointments.
The other half of the proceeds collected goes back to your council to use to support local programs for persons with developmental disabilities. Over 240 different agencies across the state receive support through this manner.
Turn-around fund request forms should be completed no later than June 30, 2013.Councils who do not have a specific agency in their area which works with the developmentally disabled are encouraged to request that their turn-around funds be donated to the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center or to Special Olympics Missouri. You can indicate your preference on a Developmental Disabilities Drive Request Form.
Councils who do not have a specific agency in their area which works with the developmentally
disabled are encouraged to request that their turn-around funds be donated to the Knights of
Columbus Developmental Center or to Special Olympics Missouri. You can indicate your preference on a Developmental Disabilities Drive Request Form.