• Russ Wicks

Supporting our KofC charities in a pandemic year.

The need is greater than ever. All you have to is turn on your TV, social media sites or local news channels to realize how many people are out of work due to the pandemic. As a result our economy is on a downturn unlike those we have seen in the recent past. The travel industry, restaurants, small local businesses, movie theatres and the entertainment sectors some of the hardest hit. Needless to say, people don't have the disposable income to support some of the great charities out there.


The Knights of Columbus of Oak Ridge too have been hard hit in their fund raising acitivies due to the cancellation of the in-person events such as these;

  • New Year's Eve Dinner Dance

  • St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

  • Mothers, Fathers Day Dinner Dance - Premier Place Banquet Hall

  • Knights of Columbus Oak Ridges council - Golf Tournament

  • Fall Festival Fundraiser - Dinner and Dance

  • Bingo volunteers

However, this year we had some revenue coming in from donations and

from Bingo World that helped us to support some limited charities and Knights of Columbus programs

  • 360 KIDS- Richmond Hill

  • OUT OF THE COLD

  • ROSE OF SHARON

  • ST FRANCIS TABLE

  • YONGE STREET MISSION

  • GLOBAL MEDICS

  • CANADIAN FOOD FOR CHILDREN

  • HILL HOUSE HOSPICE

  • L'ARCHE DAY BREAK

  • AIDE TO WOMEN

Other programs that we were still able to continue, even during an era of multiple lockdowns and overall a very difficult year.

  • Coats for Kids program - donated 2 boxes of brand new coats (about 36 coats)

  • Support an international disaster relief: Philippines floods

  • Scholarships - First year post secondary students attending college or university.

  • Keep Christ in Christmas - Santa Claus Parade Richmond Hill

Finally, Knights of Columbus Oak Ridges continues to look for other ways to help those in need for example working with our local area merchants to participate in a "shop local" program and others getting involved in social causes like Black Lives Matter, Right to Life and helping the local food banks. 2020 has been a challenging year but the knights have pitched in where it counts.






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