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When Isabella Assembly in Southington hosted a meeting for Connecticut district masters, Knights attended the meeting while their wives filled Christmas bags with warm clothing and personal items for needy members of the community.

Freestone Council 7 in Portland hosted its annual "Red, White and Blue Mass" on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. The event honored current, retired and deceased first responders and armed services personnel.

Washington Irving Council 50 in Enfield held its annual "Turkey Challenge," collecting more than 450 turkeys and other food items for needy families in the Enfield area.

Under the leadership of Henry "Hank" Vosswinkle, Marquette Council 245 in Ridgefield leased a pro-life "Keep Christ in Christmas" billboard for the duration of the holiday season. The council has also made the same picture — an ultrasound image of a developing child with a halo — available on banners for churches and schools.

Members of Msgr. Joseph Fitzgerald Council 14014 in Huntington served as ushers while Rev. James McCarten Assembly in Monroe provided an honor guard for a confirmation Mass celebrated by Cardinal Edward M. Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York, at St. Lawrence Church in Shelton.

St. Matthew Council 14360 in Norwalk hosted a pasta dinner that raised $1,100. The funds were divided between Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and the technology fund at All Saints School.

Louis F. Massad Circle 4868 in New London volunteered to organize food with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Squires divided food into baskets that were distributed to needy families for Thanksgiving.

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Holy Spirit Assembly in Kennebunk participated in the Trek Across Maine bicycle trip to benefit the American Lung Association. The K of C team traveled 180 miles across the state on bicycle, raising more than $12,000 for charity. The assembly also hosted a ceremony on Veterans Day at Atria of Kennebunk, an elder care facility. Knights honored 10 veterans living at the facility.

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Medford Council 141 donated a stained-glass window depicting the baptism of Jesus to St. Joseph Church. The window was donated in honor of all deceased council members.

Methuen Council 4027 filled a 40-foot box truck with goods to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York. In just a few weeks, Knights collected blankets, sleeping bags, clothing, cleaning materials and toys.

Vincent A. O'Brien Council 5254 in Abington donated 168 dictionaries to all third-grade students in the town's school system.

St. Bonaventure Council 10049 in Manomet hosted its annual pro-life baby shower to support the Archdiocese of Boston's Pregnancy Help Center. The drive netted $2,700 in cash and approximately $600 worth of baby items.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Council 11080 in West Brookfield held a charity dinner to benefit Socks for Siberia, an organization founded by Knight Wallace Connor and his wife, Michele, to support the needs of orphan children in the Khakassia and Krasnoyarsk regions of Russia. The dinner netted $875 for the organization. The council also prepared food for the town-wide White Christmas Celebration. Knights served chili, clam chowder, sandwiches and hot chocolate to shoppers, raising funds for its parish.

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At its November meeting, Our Lady of the Cedars Council 5260 in Manchester approved a list of agencies and schools that will be receiving an annual charitable donation from the council. Donations for 2012 totaled more than $108,000, and since the beginning of the council's weekly bingo night more than a decade ago, Knights have donated approximately $1 million to local Catholic schools and various organizations.

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During October and November, Cranston Council 1738 gathers non-perishable food items for distribution to needy families for Thanksgiving. Knights deliver all the food to a local pantry before the holiday.

Msgr. John F. Sullivan Council 2700 in Central Falls gathered at Jenks Park on the Friday after Thanksgiving to erect its annual Christmas crèche display.

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St. John Vianney Council 7525 in South Burlington volunteered at a "Breakfast with Santa" fundraiser for Joseph's House, an organization that offers support to needy members of the community. With help from the Knights, the breakfast drew more than 200 families and raised $10,000. The council also set up a Christmas crèche at St. John Vianney Church. Finally, the council hosted its annual Christmas party for people with intellectual disabilities. Sixty guests and their families enjoyed an afternoon of food, holiday music and a visit from Santa.

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