Yellow leaves are a familiar October sight, and so, too, are the yellow aprons worn by the Knights of Columbus during their annual Tootsie Roll fundraiser.
The Knights give away the Tootsie Rolls, and people can make a donation if they choose.
“No amount is too little and no amount is too much,” said Brian O’Connor, state public relations chairman for the Knights of Columbus, adding that even those stray coins fished out of a pocket are welcome.
What people may not know, though, is that the money, which is used to benefit the mentally handicapped, stays in the community in which it’s raised. For example, money raised in Harford County benefits the John Archer School in Bel Air, which serves children with disabilities
Statewide, the Tootsie Roll fundraiser makes between $300,000 and $350,000 each year.