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When a member of Mater Ecclesiae Council 14786 in Mount Joy, Pa., was hospitalized for bypass surgery, his brother Knights helped the family by mowing the lawn and completing other household chores.

Members of St. Ann’s Council 11265 in Smithfield, N.C., completed several home improvement projects for a widowed parishioner of St. Ann Catholic Church who had reached out for help. The Knights planted bushes, replaced locks, painted the porch and repaired leaking faucets. SHARING OUR HISTORY

Father Perez Council 1444 in Chicago purchased copies of The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History for the libraries of St. Xavier University and nine Catholic high schools. Council members who graduated from the various schools delivered the books. LAPTOPS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

St. Timothy Council 10802 in Escondido, Calif., donated 15 laptops to St. Joseph Academy, a Catholic school in San Marcos. The computers, required for virtual distance learning, were given to families who could not afford to purchase their own.


Archbishop O’Neill Council 8896 in Regina, Saskatchewan, donated funds to three local organizations serving families experiencing poverty: CA$1,000 to the Families in Need ministry at Holy Child Parish; CA$300 to the Regina Food Bank; and CA$200 to Farmland Legacies, a nonprofit that supports sustainable agriculture and food security. FAMILY FUN HIKES

Epiphany of Our Lord Council 14495 in Tampa, Fla., hosted a series of family hikes at a local state park, drawing some 100 Knights and other parishioners. Father Edwin Palka, pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, blessed participants at the first big hike before they set out. MILK FOR CHILDREN

Paombong (Luzon North) Council 14177 raised nearly 30,000 Philippine pesos (more than $600) via an online appeal to provide milk for young children during the pandemic.

District Deputy Noel S. Lacanilao and members of Sto. Niño de Baseco Council 16245 in Manila, Luzon South, distribute food packages to nearly 500 families affected by the pandemic. Luzon South Deputy Bonifacio Martinez and Luzon South Secretary Danilo Sanchez coordinated the relief operation following a strict lockdown in the community. CHRISTMAS CHEER TIMES THREE

Marquette Council 1437 in New Orleans sponsored three collections during the Christmas season: a toy drive for Covenant House New Orleans, a shelter for homeless youth; a sock and clothing drive for Ozanam Inn, a Catholic social service agency; and a food drive for the St. Ann Food Pantry in Metairie.

Scott Anders (left) and Len Moritz, members of St. Virgilius Council 185 in Newtown, Conn., stand with students from St. Rose of Lima School. The Knights gave every student a U.S. flag for the school’s Veterans Day assembly and prayer service. JANUARY 2021 B C O L U M B I A



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