Thanksgiving is known as the season of giving and that is exactly what the New Hyde Park Knights of Columbus Council 2852 and Columbiettes did for families in need. This year, the council participated in the greater “New Hyde Park Sponsor a Family” program. The Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes, which is the ladies auxiliary, are Catholic fraternal organizations that are deeply rooted in charity. The Knights and Columbiettes were given three shopping bags each with specific items to be purchased for each bag. The bags were distributed at the Knights’ October meeting and then collected a month later. A list of specific items for each bag was provided on an attached index card. By filling all three bags, a family in need had the basic Thanksgiving meal needs.
According to Thomas Liddy, who was the food drive coordinator for the Knights of Columbus, 175 bags were delivered—equaling approximately 23-pounds or two-tons of food.
“The most rewarding part of this food drive for me was helping those in need,” said Liddy, who is a resident of New Hyde Park.
In addition, the knights and ladies donated $645 as well as gift cards for families to purchase their own Thanksgiving turkeys. The bags of food and money were distributed between the parishes served by the Knights of Columbus Council 2852, which are Notre Dame, Holy Spirit and Our Lady of the Snows, as well as St. Martha in Uniondale.
Next month, the Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes will be involved with Coats for Kids, essay and poster contests and winter clothing collection.
If you would like more information on becoming a Knight of Columbus or Columbiette, contact Grand Knight John Thomas or Columbiette President Phyllis Thomas at 516-414-6742.