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
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
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.