Operation LAMB

The LAMB Foundation of NC is a public 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity dedicated solely to assisting people who have intellectual disabilities within the state of North Carolina.   As a result, 93% of the funds we raise directly goes to programs that support people with intellectual disabilities.  


Last year (2018), funds raised went to the following:


85% to local community programs:  

  • Cary Elementary Special Needs Classrooms (5)
  • Cary High School Special Needs Classroom
  • Kingswood Elementary Special Needs Classrooms (3)
  • Hillburn Academy Special Needs Classroom (2)
  • Athens Drive Magnet High School Special Needs Classroom
  • Leesville Road High School Special Needs Classroom
  • Dillard Drive Middle School Special Needs Classroom
  • The ARC of Wake County
  • St. Andrew the Apostle Special Needs Ministry
15% to the State organizations and programs:
  • Holy Angels
  • Exceptional Children's Departments in schools across North Carolina
  • Special Olympics of NC
  • Duke Medical Fragile X Program
Regional DHHS Facilities: 
  • J. Iverson Riddle Center, Murdoch Center, O’Berry Center, Caswell Center

No overhead cost except for the Tootsie Rolls

93 cents of every dollar is awarded to recipients

All volunteer collections. No paid solicitors.




v Bowl-a-thon                                         September 13-15, 2019 at Buffaloe Lanes Cary

v Tootsie Roll Drive                               Every Friday and Saturday in October at select Harris Teeter stores

v Children’s Charity Golf Classic        October 14, 2019 at Chapel Hill Country Club     

v Tootsie Roll Drive                               St. Andrew the Apostle and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Churches after Masses in November


Operation LAMB’s story starts in 1960 at the local Knights of Columbus council of William “Bill” Scott. Bill and his wife, Maureen, had two children with intellectual disabilities and experienced firsthand the desperate need to help fund facilities and organizations that care for, educate and support people like their children.


Bill’s idea grew, and by 1974 he enlisted the help of fellow state officers to present his program to the local Knights of Columbus councils across North Carolina. The idea was simple: If each local council collected funds on an entirely volunteer basis, all of the money raised could go directly where it’s needed most: to institutions that care for people with intellectual disabilities.


The program was unanimously approved and adopted, with Knights of Columbus across the state donning iconic yellow aprons and handing out Tootsie Rolls while raising money for Operation LAMB, which is an acronym derived from the Biblical phrase in Matthew to serve the “Least Among My Brethren.” Today, North Carolina has 130 councils with more than 16,000 members who take to streets and storefronts at various times throughout the year, offering Tootsie Rolls to passers-by for voluntary donations. Volunteers range from Knights of Columbus members and their families and friends to teachers and participants with intellectual disabilities from LAMB-sponsored organizations. A substantial portion of the funds raised also comes from the generous donations of local corporations and individuals.


The LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc. was officially incorporated in 1999 to accommodate Operation LAMB’s growth and has raised $23+ million since its inception. Bill’s vision is still alive and well, with a whopping 93% of all funds raised going directly to program support (the 7% pays for our hallmark Tootsie Rolls, yellow vests and a required outside accountant who performs our annual financial review and tax filings).


Our allocation structure also ensures that our funding directly benefits the communities in which we live. Each local council allocates 85% of its collections for donation to local organizations. The remaining 15% is controlled by the LAMB Foundation of NC’s Board of Directors and is given to organizations that serve people with intellectual disabilities regionally, or organizations that may not have a local Knights of Columbus council and that have a special need.


In recent years, the LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc. is proud to have achieved Gold Sponsor status with the Special Olympics North Carolina, one of our larger recipients.


Operation LAMB was conceived from the very personal experience of Bill and his family and has continued to be a passionately personal cause for our members, volunteers and the individuals and families impacted by our funding. We strive to increase our fundraising annually so that year over year we can support the “least among our brethren” in even more meaningful ways. Please join us.