Charity the First Principle
Mark Evans, Charity Director
It is again that time of year when we make our appeal for the Texas State Charities Program. As you know our State Charities Program is a small portion of our overall efforts to fulfill Fr. McGivney’s dream. From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus.
Last year alone, in addition to 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 faith. Moreover, in the Knights of Columbus, we approach these acts of charity together. Pope Benedict XVI calls this the “practice of love…as a community.”
Therefore, we are making a direct appeal to each Council, District, Diocese, and of course each of you as individuals to consider making that extra effort to give directly to our State Charities Program. If we indeed follow Pope Benedict’s call to act together, then it is only logical that each member contribute something towards our goal. You have often heard me say, “Many hands make small work”. What better way to prove my point than by asking that we all make an individual contribution to the Texas State Charities Fund. While we have members who can and will make a nice contribution, it is the small amounts made by many more members that really add up.
Just as we hear, “every vote counts”, so should we know that “every dollar counts”. With this in mind we are asking for you to take just one minute and commit to send something to the fund. Our State Charities Lapel pin is a great way to contribute. For as little as $20.00 your contribution will make a difference both in money collected and in a sign of visible support by proudly wearing this beautiful pin that tells the world you are supporting our charitable endeavors. In making your tax deductible check to “Texas State Charities” your Council, District, and Diocese will receive credit towards its respective goal. But, more importantly, your dollars will help your Bishop’s designated charity and also your brother knights around our great state that need our help. From the fires to the floods to the hurricanes and tornados, there is no exemption based on financial success or community status. No one is immune to natural disasters.
If you cannot contribute $20.00 then consider at least something. It all counts. Get with your Council members and create a fund raising event strictly for State Charities. Make it simple and quick and you will be surprised by how much you can raise. These efforts will bring your members closer together, will help with your recruitment, bring personal satisfaction, and most importantly, it will show our Catholic Communities just what the Knights of Columbus stand for!
As you ponder your next step, please keep in mind our State Deputy’s theme, “We are called”. What better way to fulfill the first principle of our Order than by making a contribution and by getting involved in your council to make sure your Bishop receives the maximum return. My dear Brother Knights….we can do this!
”We are men of faith and men of action.”
God bless you and may God Bless Texas!