Youth in Clatsop County will stay warmer this year with new jackets, paid for from the sales of wreaths by the local members of the Knights of Columbus’ Columbian Squires.

The Squires will accept prepaid orders for commercial floral quality Christmas wreaths ranging from $2 to $25. After all masses at Our Lady of Victory in Seaside, St. Peter the Fisherman in Arch Cape and St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria, the Squires will be available to place orders, which can be paid with cash or check..

The Squires also will be at the Outlet Mall from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 at the former Big Dog storefront. Buyers also can contact the offices of these local Catholic churches during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Monday, Nov. 3. Orders must be in before Nov. 10. Delivery will be the Nov. 29 and 30.

The Columbian Squires is an international fraternity of 25,000 Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18, in over 1,500 circles worldwide. Local Knights of Columbus councils and assemblies sponsor Squire circles; the Columbian Squires involves young men in programs to benefit the church and the community.

The local Squires Circle is comprised of young men from St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria and the joint parish of Our Lady of Victory in Seaside and St. Peter the Fisherman in Arch Cape. Ray Prom, who coordinates the Squires’ activities for the Knights of Columbus, said he is impressed that the young men chose this project.

“We advise the guys,” Prom said. “But this is something they have voted on and have chosen to do all on their own.”

This year, the Squires decided to participate in the Coats for Kids Project, providing jackets for youth in need in local schools, by selling Christmas wreaths and using the proceeds from sales to purchase the coats. Last year, the Squires were able to provide 96 coats. With the addition of members in Seaside and Cannon Beach, the boys are looking for an even greater contribution to the Coats for Kids Project.

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