Developmental Disabilities Drive Overview

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Developmental Disabilities Drive

Drive for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Drive Goal = $650,000.00
October 10, 11 & 12, 2014*

(*Councils are asked to conduct their drive October 10-12; however, if there are special circumstances that your council cannot conduct its drive that weekend, the insurance purchased by the state council to cover the drive is effective every weekend in 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.  Services offered include:

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 “Higgins” (a Goldendoodle) the therapy dog. Other programs in place include: Parent Education, Developmental Screening, Professional Training and Developmental Education.


Thanks to your hard work and dedication to our annual Drive, and through your generous donations, the Center recently moved out of the hospital and into the second floor of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation building. This move was completed in May of 2013. This new facility more than doubles the size of the center from 4,200 sq. ft. to 10,500 sq. ft. It also has its own parking lot which is located just steps away from the door. When the Center opened in 1982, it was served by a staff of 3; now the Center can boast of a staff of 20, many of which are pictured to the left in front of the entrance to the new facility.

Turn-Around Funds

The other half of the proceeds collected goes back to your council to use to support local programs for persons with developmental disabilities. Over 230 different agencies across the state received support through these funds last year.

Turn-around fund request forms should be completed no later than June 30, 2015.

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 your Developmental Disabilities Drive Disbursement Request Form.


Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Checklist

(short form)


  • Appoint a Chairman for the Drive
  • Contact State Developmental Disabilities Chairman (West or East) and report Council Chairman (including phone number and email address)
  • Obtain permission and/or permits (if necessary) to collect from local business’ and cities


  • Order Tootsie Rolls (deadline August 24) and aprons
  • Send copy of Tootsie Roll order form to the State Community Director
  • Arrange for promotion of your local drive through local media  
    • A sample News Release is included in the long detailed instructions below


  • Recruit and assign members a place to collect (by September 29)
  • Communicate with other councils in the area to maximize efforts



January 1, 2015

  • Deadline for Final Report and Money for the Awards handed out at convention.


GRAND KNIGHT’S CHECKLIST PDF (detailed  instructions)

Sample News Release and Business Appeal Letter