The Michael O’Connor Council of the Beaufort Knights of Columbus will begin their annual Operation HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday) Campaign. The Knights have taken on the responsibility of supporting local citizens with developmental disabilities. The Knights of Columbus are strong supporters of the Special Olympics and since 1980 have contributed more than $288 million to individuals with special needs. The Operation HOPE Tootsie Roll Drive began in the Lowcountry back in 1976 and has become a signature annual event, characterized by knights in their red-and-yellow vests distributing Tootsie Rolls. Area residents can participate over the weekend, from October 26-28, when they see the knights outside the Super Walmart at Cross Creek Shopping Center.