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Charity at Home


K of C makes donations to New Haven area charities exceeding a quarter of a million dollars

A new home for a Vietnam War veteran and his family in Hamden tops the list of charitable donations totaling $256,000 by the New Haven headquarters of the Knights of Columbus to area charities in 2017.

The home was built with $75,000 in funding from the Knights under the direction of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven. It is the fifth home built in the New Haven area with the support of the Knights in partnership with Habitat.

On December 22, the Knights presented a gift of $50,000 to the Connecticut Food Bank.

“The Knights of Columbus is happy to partner with and support the great work of these organizations in our community,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Whether they provide housing, food, a safe place or other kinds of assistance, the spirit of giving and help that these organizations exhibit is a great reminder to all of us of the true meaning of Christmas.”

The Knights donated $7,000 for the purchase of Thanksgiving turkeys for New Haven’s annual “Day of Joy.” Since Thanksgiving Day, the Knights has also given away approximately 2,000 “Coats for Kids” in Connecticut valued at $39,000.

In the period leading up to Christmas, the Catholic fraternal organization has sent contributions to more than 20 area charities, which puts its giving for the year in excess of a quarter of a million dollars.

Among those receiving gifts are: St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen, Columbus House, Connecticut Hospice, Farnam Neighborhood House, Christian Community Action, Community Soup Kitchen, Little Sisters of the Poor, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, St. Luke’s Lunch for Women and Children, St. Thomas More Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Beacon on the Hill, Caring Cuisine, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Life Haven, Community Dining Room and Mary Wade Home.