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Tri Cities Council 1098 in Granite City delivered Christmas gifts and $60 each to 28 children, ages 14 to 18, living at the Catholic Children's Home in Alton.

Genoa Council 1659 in Dolton, Father C.C. Boyle Council 4698 in Tinley Park and Crusaders Council 10151 in Orland Park co-sponsored a "Keep Christ in Christmas" billboard in Tinley Park. The billboard is located on a major thoroughfare leading to a large shopping district in the Chicago South suburbs.

Holy Rosary Council 4483 in Arlington Heights contributed $250 at its December meeting to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Volunteers from Cardinal Bellarmine Council 4849 in Aurora sort through coats that were donated during a council-sponsored coat drive. Knights collected more than 200 coats during the initiative, which were donated to a local homeless shelter and to individuals in need.

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St. Casimir Council 9711 in Lansing organized local K of C councils and assemblies to place 30 "Keep Christ in Christmas" billboards throughout the central part of the state.

St. Kieran Council 13983 in Shelby Township conducted a drive at its parish Nov. 10-11, 2012, to collect coats for needy or homeless veterans. Knights collected 126 winter coats, along with other assorted clothing items, which were donated to a local veterans group.

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St Gaspar del Bufalo Assembly in Minster donated two chalices and ciboria to two visiting priests from Romania. Both of the chalices were offered in the memory of deceased Knights.

Tiffin Council 608 and St. Francis Gaspar Council 10749 in Carey distributed food to the needy Nov. 10, 2012, at Council 608's social hall. About 40 volunteers gave more than 20,000 pounds of food to the needy, some of which was donated by a local food distributor.

Bryan Council 1915, along with Redeemer Radio, celebrated the blessing of a radio tower that will bring the Catholic radio station to listeners in Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana. Knights rent space on the tower and own a building and transmission equipment there that are valued at $105,000 to support the station's broadcast. Money for the equipment was raised after a year of fundraising.

By working with local schools, organizations and residents, Msgr. Joseph F. Dooley Council 4361 in Mingo Junction collected canned goods, bottled water, nonperishable food, used clothing and more than $2,600 in cash donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Knights filled a 53-foot truck with the goods, which a council member and the truck owner drove personally to New York and New Jersey.

Over the past five years, Hicksville Council 10043 has helped support the Fountain of Faith Free Clinic, a clinic for people with little or no health insurance that was started by a local doctor and his wife, a nurse. The council sponsors a free-will donation dinner each year that averages about $1,800 in revenue. In that time, Knights have raised more than $9,300 for the facility.

Los Caballeros de Sandusky County Council 15036 in Fremont hosted a motorcycle teddy bear run to bring stuffed animals to sick children at two area hospitals. Riders delivered 80 teddy bears that hospital staff distributed to children who are receiving short- and long-term treatment. Some riders also brought canned goods for the Sandusky County Food Pantry. The council also volunteered at a community-wide celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Sun Prairie Council 4879 donated $1,000 to John Winkowitsch to help defray the cost of his seminary studies.

Ashwaubenon Council 7498 in Green Bay provided funds and volunteer manpower to erect a Ten Commandments monument at Nativity of Our Lord Church. Fourth Degree Knights provided an honor guard for the monument's dedication Nov. 11, 2012.

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