Mateo DeVargas, Astor school principal Travis Roe, Jordan Gagnon, and Michael Williams show coats.
ASTORIA — The Astoria area Columbian Squires Circle recently distributed 96 winter coats for needy kids to representatives from the three north Clatsop County school districts. The coats were ordered through the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” program. Funds came from sale of Christmas trees and from a contribution by the Astoria council of the Knights of Columbus.
Forty-eight new winter coats in eight colors and styles were delivered to Astoria School District and 24 coats each to the Knappa and Warrenton school districts. Squires, who are young associates of the Knights, cut down and hauled donated trees from a local tree farm, and sold the trees before Christmas.
The Columbian Squires is managed as a “leadership development organization” for Catholic boys ages 10-18. Members of the local Squires “Circle," elect their own officers, set their own agenda and determine their own activities and fundraising events.
Counselors from the Astoria Knights of Columbus guide and encourage the young men. Officers for the Charles Turina Circle in Astoria are Chief Squire Jordan Gagnon, Deputy Chief Squire Mateo DeVargas, Bursar Michael Williams, Scribe Tyler Gagnon, and Marshall Justin Perdew. All are members of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria.