Our council has been a steady and strong supporter of Operation LAMB for over 20 years. What is Operation LAMB? It stands for Least Among My Brethren.The LAMB program was started in 1960, became a statewide program in 1974, and was formally established as a public, nonprofit, fully tax-deductible 501(c)3 charity in 1999, named the LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc. The sole purpose of the foundation is to raise funds and distribute them to accredited organizations and institutions throughout the state that assist people with intellectual disabilities.
The knights have raised over $21 million dollars since 1974 for North Carolinians. That money has been raised all without a single paid employee, thanks to the more than 15,000 Knights of Columbus statewide who, along with their family and friends, stand long hours
giving away Tootsie Rolls and asking for donations. Fully, 93% of the funds raised go directly to charity. The only major operational expenses are for the Tootsie Rolls, aprons and an outside accounting firm.
Knights fan out over the area and throughout the state to pass out Tootsie Rolls. We never sell them, we just give them away with a warm welcome and a big smile. We are rewarded by the generous donations of shoppers.
Our council is conducting its annual Operation LAMB Tootsie Roll campaign on the weekend of October 10-12 to raise funds for people with Intellectual Disabilities in our community. The agencies who will receive LAMB funds include the Special Olympics, Special Education Programs in Chapel Hill, Orange and Chatham counties, ARC, Club Nova, Voices Together, OE Enterprises and Chatham Trades.
The Knights need volunteers from the parish. This is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners, especially our teenagers, to contribute to a very worthwhile community service project. It’s fun, easy and rewarding–you just need to wear a bright yellow vest, smile, give out Tootsie Rolls, and ask quietly for donations for a couple of hours in front of a supermarket in the area. Ready to volunteer? Contact John Aluise by email. Just click here.
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