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Knights of Columbus Council # 2191 Tootsie Roll Drive for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Knights Council #2191, representing Batavia and Geneva, is raising funds to support local people with intellectual disabilities. Please help by donating to the 53rd Annual Tootsie Roll Drive today!

$2,807 of $16,000

What is the Tootsie Roll Drive?

The Tootsie Roll Drive started back in the 1970s in Chicagoland by three Knights who saw a need to support organizations that help individuals with intellectual disabilities. Their idea was simple: put on a yellow vest, stand at busy intersections, and storefronts offering Tootsie Rolls in exchange for small donations. The idea worked and the Knights collected $30,000 in a two day span. Other councils around the nation quickly caught on and for more than 50 years the Knights have been collecting. Annually the Knights raise 2 million dollars in Illinois alone via the drive. 

How Your Donation Impacts Your Local Neighbor

Your donation regardless of size goes a long way to help those in need in Batavia and Geneva. All the funds collected support local non-profit organizations in the Fox Valley area that provide different types of support to individuals with intellectual disabilities. These organizations provide individuals with job opportunities, housing, medical needs, education, training, social opportunities, and special olympics funding. Below is a list of recipients organizations we support and where your donation will go.

Valley Sheltered Workshop, Batavia

Marklund, Geneva

Association for Individual Development (AID), Aurora

Special Camps for Special Needs, Winfield

 Fox Valley Special Recreation Assoc. (FVSRA), Aurora.

How To Donate

The 2023 Drive will be the weekend of September 8th, 9th, & 10th. Donate in person that weekend to get your Tootsie Roll. Donations are welcome anytime via this website using Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, or Discover credit cards.



Hoping the Tootsie Roll Drive is successful.

Jim Keane

Thank you for all you do for our community!

April Bosworth

Thank you for sharing information on how the Tootsie Roll Drive benefits the community! It's great to learn about organizations doing important work for our brothers and sisters in Christ. (And I am excited to be able to give online this year.) God Bless the KoC for all you do!

Madelyn Weed

Thank you for all you do!

Kimberly Kindle

Columbian Council team, I love your marketing materials and initiative you have taken to support this wonderful charity. Keep up the good work and I will continue to support your efforts. Vivat Jesus, Kevin Callahan Past Grand Knight #2191

Kevin Callahan

Donation from Vector Windows, Inc Fergus Falls, MN

Jennifer Bergquist