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 Knights of Columbus Developmental Center which was started by the Missouri Knights in 1981.

Here are some links to lead you to more information about the center:

Knights of Columbus Developmental Center Website
Recent Newsletter

Additionally, here is a YouTube promotional video put together by the Cardinal Glennon folks regarding the importance of the drive and its ties to the Developmental Center.
YouTube Video

We also have a new liason within the Cardinal Glennon network.  Her name is Colleen Dolnick, and she will be contacting St. Louis area councils in the near future to come out and visit your councils.  Please be on the lookout for communications from Colleen.  If you need to reach her, her information is:

Colleen Dolnick
Donor Relations and Volunteer Coordinator
3800 Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63110
Office Phone: 314-678-6626

As you can see Brothers, we Missouri Knights of Columbus have a LOT to be proud of!!!




 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