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From the Richland County Sheriff's Department, December 7th, 2022:
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference on December 7th, joining the Knights of Columbus Council of Our Lady Of The Hills Catholic Church to present a donation.
The Knights of Columbus were represented by the Council's Grand Knight, Frank Rozonkiewiecz, and other knights who presented a clothing donation collected by their parish at Our Lady Of the Hills Catholic Church. The parish funded a donation of 71 new coats, including both adult and child sizes.
The organization contacted Sheriff Lott to donate the items to RCSD to be distributed to community members in need. Representatives from [Oliver Gospel's] Toby's Place and Sistercare were present at the press conference and accepted the coat donation to be used for those under their care. Toby's Place, part of the Oliver Gospel Organization, houses homeless women and their children. Sistercare offers services and housing to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.
"It's always special to receive such a thoughtful donation from a group in our community," Sheriff Lott said. "It's hard to think about leaving everything you know behind and in some cases, these women take whatever they can fit in one bag. In other cases, they leave with nothing at all. These coats will ensure that the women and children in need can be warm this winter."
Oliver Gospel is deeply grateful for the generosity of Our Lady Of The Hills and Sheriff Lott and his team at the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Thanks to their compassion for those who are hurting, women and children in our community will feel warmer and more joyful this winter.