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Sweet treats help roll in donations

9:50 PM, Apr. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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Start Your Week with Kindness is a Daily Tribune Media feature that highlights the kind deeds of people in the community.

It's not about the Tootsie Roll - it's about the donation.

Residents who were out and about Friday and Saturday might have noticed men in bright-yellow, bib-like vests emblazoned with orange print: "Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities."

The men behind the vests, with collection cans in one hand and big Tootsie Rolls in the other, were Knights of Columbus members.

Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization open to Roman Catholic men. The Wisconsin Rapids council has more than 300 members; there also is a Nekoosa/Port Edwards council.

The annual Knights of Columbus drive to collect donations to help those with special needs brought in between $3,000 and $4,000 over the two-day drive.

"It's a community effort, we really appreciate the businesses allowing us to do this, we appreciate all the people that donate money to the cause," said Brian Ruesch, 57, of Grand Rapids, as he stood collecting donations Friday at West Grand IGA.

It's an international drive, said John Sweeney Jr., 58, of Wisconsin Rapids, who has chaired the drive for five years. Funds go to Opportunity Development Centers Inc. in Wisconsin Rapids, which helps provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and also to the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools special needs programs. Donations also have helped with the All-Children Together playground at Grove Elementary School in Wisconsin Rapids.

"(The playground) benefits both the intellectually handicapped and also the physically handicapped," Sweeney said.

Subway restaurants also help by putting collection cans in their stores, Sweeney said.

Sweeney purchased almost 10,000 Tootsie Roll candies, which are given as a thank-you for donations. He will probably need to cut back in the future, but it's not because of the cost, he said.

"Actually, there's a lot of times people don't even take the Tootsie Roll and just they just give a donation, so we really appreciate that," Ruesch said.

People might or might not know who the Knights of Columbus are, Ruesch said.

"But they know (the drive) is for a good cause," he said.

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