Mother Seton Council #5427 of the Knights of Columbus of Washington Township will be conducting its annual Winter Food Drive to collect non-perishable food goods to help the needy through local food pantries. Personal hygiene items are also welcome. The drive will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012. We ask all Township of Washington residents to place bagged donations at your front door before 10:00 a.m. on that Saturday. Volunteers from the K of C will pick up the parcels as they cover every residence in the Township. As a reminder, a Food Drive Notice will be mailed to Township households before the Drive. The Drive’s newspaper co-sponsor, the Pascack Press, will run a large notice on the event in a preceding issue.
Non-perishable food items needed are powdered milk, hot and cold cereals, canned fruits, vegetables, stew, fish, meats, soups, one-can meals, peanut butter, pudding, Jell-O, jelly, pasta products, rice, baby food, sugar, flour, coffee, tea, pancake mix, etc. Personal hygiene items are especially appreciated as they cannot be obtained with food stamps. In lieu of these items, monetary donations may be sent to the K of C Food Drive, 79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676. The parcels of food and other items may be left there as well. For additional information, call Chairman Jim McPeak at 201-707-1519, or the K of C at 201-664-0422.
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization with over 1.8 million members in some 13,700 local councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, Guatemala, Panama, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Saipan and Poland. It is dedicated to Church, community, family, and youth programs. Last year individual Knights spent 69 million hours of volunteer services to charitable causes and the Order donated $151.1 million in charitable contributions. Additionally 413,402 Knights were blood donors. The New Jersey Knights donated $4,568,772 to charities last year.
Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.org.