Holy Rosary Council 869 in Harrisburg provided support for an indoor flea market/bake sale fundraiser at its hall to benefit Collin Kratzer, a 3-year-old boy who is battling brain cancer. Knights donated use of their hall, assisted with set up, made copies of promotional materials and even provided some sale items for the event. The fundraiser netted $2,208 to assist with expenses associated with Kratzer's treatment.
During the weekends of Feb. 11-12 and 18-19, Father Francis J. Hertzog Council 1381 in New Kensington and Leechburg Council 6715 offered parishioners at their respective parishes information on contacting their elected officials in response to the U.S. Health and Human Services contraception mandate. The council provided a letter that parishioners could send on their own or that the council would send on their behalf. Together, the two councils collected approximately 400 letters.
Our Lady of Fatima Council 4644 in Huntingdon maintains a huge lighted cross on a mountain overlooking the surrounding communities that is kept lighted throughout the seasons of Lent and Advent.
Msgr. John Auchter Council 10772 in Albrightsville and its ladies' auxiliary renovated a new facility purchased by Mary's Shelter, an organization that operates shelters for unwed mothers in Lehigh Valley. Knights cleaned and painted the common areas of the new shelter, which is located in a former convent, while their wives adopted a bedroom to paint, decorate and furnish.
Father Charles R. Slough Council 14161 in Elysburg completed three renovation projects at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church. Knights painted the exterior of a building that houses the parish chapel, offices and K of C meeting space. Members also finished a handicapped-accessible addition to the building and painted the trim on the parish rectory. Separately, the council prepared seven care packages for the son of a parishioner who is serving in the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Navy. The packages included food, candy and toiletries for the navy man and his fellow platoon members.