The Knights of Columbus Drive for Persons with Developmental Disabilities has been in existence since 1970. This years' drive is Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10 and is commonly called “The Tootsie Roll Drive.” You can find Knights on street intersections across the entire state of Missouri. You’ll find them in front of Dierbergs, Walmart, Save-a-Lot and many other stores as well as street corners.They all will be wearing bright yellow vests, passing out Tootsie Rolls and collecting donations to help children with special needs.
Proceeds from the Tootsie Roll Drive will benefit the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. The Knights Center provides comprehensive diagnosis, intervention family support and professional education services.
In 1981, the Knights Center was the first center in the region dedicated to children with intellectual developmental disorders, and in 2007 was designated as a Missouri Center for Autism by the Department of Mental Health.
With continuous funding provided through the Missouri Columbian Charities and the Illinois State Council, Missouri and Illinois local councils, the center serves over 2,500 children a year. Because of your generous support, we are able to identify a child’s developmental disorder at an early age. As a result, we are able to prescribe early intervention treatment that allows each child to reach his or her fullest potential.