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May you and you loved ones experience the peace of Christ today and everyday!
Stephen R. Toussaint, Grand Knight
The Saratoga Knights of Columbus raised
more than $18,000 to help veterans at its recent
annual Stratton VA Medical Center dinner and auction.
A similar amount will be used for the Stratton Inn project, in which a number of hospital rooms are being converted to a motel-like setting for veterans undergoing long-term tests and similar procedures.
Another $2,500 will be used at Christmas time to buy gift cards for residents of the men’s and women’s veterans homeless shelters in Ballston Spa.
The September 28 dinner was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. In addition to ticket sales, more than 200 auction items were donated and 12 sponsors donated amounts ranging from $175 to $1,000.
Grand Knight Steve Toussaint, Faithful Navigator Joe Powers, and event organizer and chairman Sir Knight Tom Boehlert presented a check to hospital Administrator Linda Weiss.
The U.S. Navy color guard from Saratoga Springs presented a flag to the Knights of Columbus and Navy officials led an inspiring program about “Old Glory.”
To donate to the Saratoga Knights of Columbus veterans fund or for information, call 584-8547.
Knights of Columbus
Sets a New All-Time Record for
Charitable Donations and Service Hours
The results of the K of C’s Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012, indicate that record amounts of money and hours — more than $167.5 million and 70 million hours — were donated to charitable causes.
The Knights financial contribution for the year grew by more than $9.4 million to $167,549,817. Contributions increased for the 13th consecutive year.
The number of volunteer service hours also rose by nearly 64,000 hours from the 2011 total to 70,113,207 hours. At an average value of $22.14 per service hour as estimated by Independent Sector, the value of the Knights’ service hours last year exceeded $1.55 billion.
Cumulative figures show that during the past decade the Knights of Columbus has donated $1.475 billion to charity and provided more than 673 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives.
Notable beneficiaries during the past year included Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, victims of natural disasters, local food banks, the economically disadvantaged and physically and intellectually disabled persons. Scholarships and educational support, as well as a variety of church and community projects were also prominent among the many initiatives sponsored by local K of C councils.
The survey found that there were more than 420,000 K of C blood donations during 2012. The Knights of Columbus was among the first groups to recruit blood donors, with formal efforts dating back to 1937.
“Throughout its 131 years, the Knights of Columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “With so many people enduring great hardship, the Knights of Columbus is happy to help provide solutions to real people’s problems through this great outpouring of charity by our members over the past year.”