The Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Campaign - A Program for the Handicapped

Each year since 1979, the Maine State Council Knights of Columbus have sponsored a fundraising drive to assist handicapped citizens in Maine. This program is known as the “Program for People with Disabilities” or the Tootsie Roll Drive.

Nearly all 90 individual Knights of Columbus Councils in Maine participate in this much-needed activity. These councils are spread statewide from Kittery to Fort Kent and from Calais to Rumford. Each council conducts it’s own drive. It then distributes 80% of the net monies collected locally to organizations that serve the handicapped individuals within the community or region where the funds were collected. The remainder of the net funds collected is distributed to organizations or needy individuals throughout the State of Maine by the Maine State Council Knights of Columbus. 

The program has grown dramatically since its inception, and in 2017 the Knights collected over $85,000. In the State of Maine, since 1979 the total distribution of monies collected is now nearly $3 million. Every penny of this total has gone to benefit our handicapped citizens!

This year the local St. Croix Knights of Columbus will be conducting its drive during the Columbus Day weekend, October 4th, 5th and 6th. These volunteers will be standing in front of local businesses and streets in bright yellow and red aprons, accepting your generosity and well wishes while handing out Tootsie Rolls. This local council, one of 90 in the state, is recognized each year for being one of the top eight councils in the state in its collection drive!


Without the generosity and kindness of the local citizens and businesses of our local communities in Maine, this project could not be the tremendous success that it is each year. We, as Knights of Columbus, thank each of you who have in the past and who continue in the future to help us make the lives of our handicapped friends, citizens and loved ones better. As in the past, our local council is looking to donate our monies to the Special Education Departments of Princeton, Woodland and Calais school systems. In addition, we will be making a donation to the Beckett Center.