Charity Appeal from the State Deputy
Jim Collins, State Deputy
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus and every day Brother Knights are visible contributing goodwill to someone in need. We are men of faith and men of action who continue to promote the vision of our Founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney.
In your community council members can work wonders; in fact, with the many programs offered by our Order and your commitment to charitable giving, we as an individual and as a council can help change a parish, community, town, city or neighborhood. Last year alone, in addition to the Order raising and donating more than $158 million to charitable needs and projects, Knights volunteered more than 70 million hours of their time to charitable causes.
We undertake these acts of charity because we see those in need through the eyes of our faith. Our charitable activities encompass an infinite variety of local, national and international projects. Charitable partnership with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity are far reaching in support of those in need. The opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.
Across the Order our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” As a member of the Knights of Columbus we recognize that “We Are Called” and our faith in God, compels us to action and there is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need.
From the 130th Supreme Convention annual report of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson - his remarks…. “Charity is essential to the very freedom because charity creates the bond among us that makes freedom possible.”
Most of our charitable works in this great state is quietly done. We are blessed in Texas for the 98,000+ members that contribute to the success of the Order everyday through our faith and dedication to our principles. Working together we can accomplish far more than any of us could do individually. This means that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your Brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community for those in need.\
The Christmas season is near and I ask you and your family to consider making an individual charitable donation to the State Council Charities online at http://www.tkofc.org or by mail to; Texas State Council Office, 6633 Highway 290 East, Suite 204, Austin, TX 78723-1157. The council leadership is asked to fulfill the charitable commitment to the Texas State Charities you endorsed at our 2012 convention with 70% of the council charity donations going to back to your bishop for his designated charities.
Prayers are requested for our church and the continued growth of the Order.