It has been just over a week since the devastating wildfires in Maui began. The shocking scenes of destruction are unforgettable, and the loss of life is devastating. In the midst of this tragedy and its long-term consequences, many still unknown, Knights of Columbus are already stepping up to help those in the greatest need.
It is often said that “where there’s a need, there’s a Knight” and our brother Knights in Hawaii are proving it once again. With financial support from the Supreme Council, Grand Knight John Fielding and members of Our Lady of Peace Council 5000 in Honolulu took immediate action. They filled a boat with clothing, sleeping bags, tents, food items and other aid, and sailed into Lahaina on Monday to deliver aid. With them were two Catholic priests who provided spiritual support to victims. Today, they will return to Lahaina with still more relief supplies.
Knights of Columbus are on the ground in Maui, distributing aid, coordinating temporary housing, serving meals and assisting with the cleanup. Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu, the diocese which covers all of Hawaii, told me this week, “The Knights have definitely stepped up and rolled up their sleeves. We are very grateful!”
Not every Knight can roll up his sleeves and provide hands-on assistance after a disaster 2,400 miles away from the mainland. But every one of us can still make a difference. And today, I invite you to join me in making sure that our work of bringing physical and spiritual aid to Maui can continue.
If you are able, please DONATE NOW to the Knights of Columbus Charities Disaster Relief Fund. 100% of your donation will support recovery efforts in Hawaii.
Stand with your brother Knights and make a donation today.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patrick E. Kelly