Helping others to keep warm, have brighter holidays is focus of Keyport Knights' outreach
With winter weather quickly approaching and an unwavering spirit for wanting to do something to assist persons who are less fortunate, members of the St. Joseph Council, Knights of Columbus, Keyport, spearheaded a project in which they collected and distributed some 1,061 winter comforters.
According to William Horton, past grand knight, the council secured a donation of comforters from Cathay Home, Inc., a New York City-based manufacturer that produces and distributes soft home textile products including sheet sets, comforter sets, quilts, blankets, decorative pillows and throws. Once the comforters were received, the council collaborated with other Knights of Columbus councils in the Bay Shore area to distribute the comforters to a host of organizations that provide outreach to the less fortunate. Most of the organizations, such as Project Paul, Keansburg, the St. Vincent de Paul conference in Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Keyport, Faith Chapel, Union Beach, and St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, were local, while other organizations, including the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx, N.Y., the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, and the Knights of Columbus council in Laurence Harbor, were out of the area, Horton said.
Horton noted that 2019 marked the first year for the council to host the comforter project, then gave a reminder that as a charity organization, it’s the mission of the Knights of Columbus to helps those who are in need and experiencing distress. After extending appreciation to fellow Knights for their work toward the comforter project, namely John Gaffney, the council’s Grand Knight who lined up the organizations to receive comforters, and Deputy Grand Knight Wayne Szaro for his diligent record keeping, Horton said he couldn’t imagine “a better way to begin the holiday season by helping others in need.”
He added that the council is currently underway working on its next project which is to collect money for its seventh annual “Send Soldiers Home for the Holidays” effort, in which council members help soldiers from the New Jersey military bases and Coast Guard stations to spend the holidays with their families.
“At this point,” Horton said, “we have 162 military personnel going home this year.”