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Community CONVALESCENT CARE

Dave Sladek, a member of Abbot Pennings Council 3955 in De Pere, Wis., assists young customers at a Christmas tree sale sponsored by the council to raise funds for community charities. The council has sold Christmas trees annually for more than 50 years, during which it has raised approximately $390,000 for people in need.

Members of Frontenac Council 728 in Kingston, Ontario, presented a donation of CA$5,000 to the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. The funds, which came from the sale of the council’s youth camp property, helped the organization replace a van that had been stolen several months earlier. COMMUNITY TESTING

Mount Vernon Council 5998 in Alexandria, Va., sponsored a day of free COVID-19 testing for the community in partnership with Good Shepherd Catholic Church’s Hispanic ministry and the Fairfax County Health Department. Health care professionals administered the tests and offered guidance on accessing food, housing and other needs. CURBSIDE COLLECTION

To facilitate parishioner offerings during the pandemic, City of Gloucester (N.J.) Council 674 held a “curbside 28

collection” in front of St. Mary’s Church each Sunday. The council publicized the collections through social media, the parish website and announcements during livestreamed Masses. RESERVATION ROAD TRIP

Joseph Hyacinth Valine Council 11246 in Cedar City, Utah, led a community effort to aid members of the Navajo Nation, who were hit hard by the coronavirus. The Knights collected more than three tons of food and supplies in a trailer at Christ the King Catholic Church and drove it more than five hours to the reservation. URGENT NEEDS MET

In response to budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, Queen of Peace Council 9263 in Salem, Ore., organized an urgent fund drive for the parish hunger relief ministry, The Table of Plenty. In two weeks, Knights collected more than $3,700 to help families in need.

Irving Garcia, a member of Father Patrick Power Council 4588 in Livermore, Calif., wraps Christmas presents for members of the community. Council 4588 collected and delivered donations and gifts — totaling an estimated $20,000 — to more than 100 families during the Christmas season.

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Members of St. Francis Xavier Council 13278 in Phoenix helped a Knight with kidney disease return to his home after a hospital stay and long recovery. They cleaned and restored his house, replacing floors, painting walls and repairing plumbing, while the Knight convalesced for eight months in the home of a fellow member. The council continues to help with doctor appointments as he prepares for transplant surgery.

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