Supporting Homeless Veterans this May

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Knights Serving Soldiers

Did you know that the Knights of Columbus began its social service to soldiers in 1916? During World War I, the Knights of Columbus built and operated KC Huts in training camps throughout the United States and behind the lines in Western Europe.  They all bared the motto “Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.” There, soldiers of every faith found a haven during their service to their country.  Today we have the opportunity to continue providing for our soldiers.

Show Your Patriotism

The 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus is based on the principle of Patriotism.  Later this month we celebrate Memorial Day.  As the famous song by Billy Ray Cyrus says, “All gave some … some gave all”.  In honor of those that gave all,  and to those that gave some and are struggling, Mary’s Millennium Council once again appeals to the community to assist us in helping our homeless veterans.

It is sad to say that there are veterans in our midst left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental health issues.  The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans mission is to “Leave No Hero Behind”.  This fits nicely with the Knights of Columbus “Leave No Neighbor Behind”.

Most Needed Items

We have contacted the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans for their current needs to keep their shelves stocked.     Items most in need include:

 

All Purpose Cleaner e.g., Mr. Clean, Fabuloso (Standard Size Please) Toothpaste
Bathroom cleaning Spray e.g., Clorox, Scrubbing Bubbles Deodorant Men’s and Women’s
Liquid Laundry Soap (Standard Size Please) Shampoo
Toilet Bowl Cleaner Body Wash
Dish Soap Aerosol Disinfectant Spray (Lysol)
Glass Cleaner Visa & Other Gift Cards
Comet/Ajax Postage Stamps

 

For ease of shopping, also look for their Wish List on Amazon.com https://a.co/b3ifTXn

Collecting May 22-23 at St. John’s

We will be collecting your donations after all the masses on May 22-23.  Donations can also be dropped off at the parish office, or contact us at Knights@mystjohns.org to make other arrangements.  Monetary donations can be made at https://kofc12801.square.site/veterans using your credit card or Google Pay.

When dropping off your donated items, please consider a financial donation designated for the Freedom Commissary.  Monetary donations help cover operational costs, allowing them to continue providing household & personal items free of charge to Veterans and their families.

Thank You to Veterans and You for Supporting Them

In conclusion, the MSHV cannot achieve their mission alone, and they have relied on organizations like our council to help. Last November the parish graciously responded to our request.  This allowed the shelter to provide an additional $100 food gift card to each veteran picking up their wish list items.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our charitable projects.  God Bless our Nations Heroes who bravely served our country.  As Memorial Day approaches, we also remember those that gave all.