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Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin Assembly in Brandon delivered 60 turkeys, along with side dishes, to a homeless shelter for veterans in Tampa. Funds for the food were raised at an assembly-sponsored sock hop. The assembly also sponsored a Christmas party for veterans at the Haley Cove Nursing Home in Tampa. The event included talks, a troupe of dancers and food. Knights also presented the veterans with gifts of clothing and socks.

Fort Lauderdale Council 3080 and Father Michael J. Mullaly Assembly co-sponsored a corporate Communion Nov. 25, 2012, at St. Pius X Church to coincide with a visit of one of the Order's traveling icons of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Bishop G. Hernandez Council 4998 in Homestead volunteered at a local Special Olympics event. Knights assisted athletes through a number of trials, including basketball fundamentals.

Barney Gonyea Council 7109 in Safety Harbor cleaned and refurbished the Marian shrine at Espiritu Santo Church in honor of the shrine's 10th anniversary. Knights cleaned the area around the shrine, refurbished the statue of Mary, and installed new benches and shrubs. More than 200 parishioners attended the rededication, which also included an honor guard from Espiritu Santo Assembly.

North Port Council 7997 and San Pedro Assembly participated in the North Port Poinsettia Parade. Members of the color guard marched while other council members rode in a trolley decorated with the council flag and numerous "Keep Christ in Christmas" posters. Knights also sold "Keep Christ in Christmas" magnets to parade spectators.

Father Gerard F. Sullivan Council 8120 in Eustis raised $1,600 during its annual fund drive for people with intellectual disabilities. The funds were split between Sunrise ARC and Special Olympics.

For the past eight years, Father Cornelius A. Dougherty Council 10572 in Keystone Heights has prepared a Thanksgiving feast for parishioners from St. William Church. This year, Knights fed 160 people, including take-out orders and delivery orders for the homebound.

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Following a concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Supreme Director Daniel J. Baker presented Cheri Lomonte, the founder of Frontline Faith, with proceeds from the distribution of Merry Christmas buttons. K of C units and districts from throughout the state contributed to this latest effort. Since beginning their support of Frontline Faith, Knights have raised more than $60,000 for the organization to purchase approximately 4,000 MP3 players.

St. Joseph Council 4599 in Smyrna co-sponsored a Christmas party for needy children with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Approximately 700 children met with Santa to receive a gift and a stocking full of goodies. Knights served food and refreshments to all those in attendance.

Christopher Fabian (left) and Ed Dietzel of Blessed Mother Mary Council 15238 in Dawsonville call out a raffle winner during a council-sponsored barbecue festival. Knights invited parishioners and the community to attend the event, which featured food, entertainment and raffle prizes. The festival raised more than $2,300 for the council's charitable fund.

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Knights from Forsyth and Davie Counties held their fourth annual intellectual disabilities charity dinner and auction Nov. 16, 2012, at the Bermuda Run Country Club to a packed house of 150 people. The event raised more than $15,000 for the special needs community.

In celebration of the Advent season, Immaculate Conception Council 7184 in Hendersonville erected a "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner on the grounds of Immaculata School.

Father J. A. Cowan Council 10495 in Albemarle received a $1,000 grant from Catholic Charities of Charlotte that the council has used to feed the hungry in its community. Using the funds, Knights volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program and at a local soup kitchen.

Members of Father James E. Waters Council 12017 in Wilmington and its ladies' auxiliary visited 10 senior care facilities in the weeks before Christmas. Knights and their wives visited with residents, sang Christmas carols and brought along Santa to hand out gifts.

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Don Juan Ponce de Leon Council 1719 in Ponce co-sponsored a Christmas concert for the residents of Vallas Torres Barrio with the Municipality of Ponce. The event featured performances by the Ponce Municipal Band and was broadcast on a local Catholic radio station. The council also hosted a blood drive.

El Consejo Don Juan Ponce de León, #1719, de Ponce, y el Municipio de Ponce copatrocinaron un concierto navideño para los residentes del barrio Vallas Torres. El evento incluyó la actuación de la Banda Municipal de Ponce y fue transmitido por una estación de radio católica local. El Consejo también organizó una campaña de donación de sangre.

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For the past nine years, Hilton Head Assembly has collected donations for its annual "Operation Phone Home for the Holidays" program. The funds are used to purchase calling cards for U.S. troops serving overseas. To date, the assembly has collected more than $117,000, which is equivalent to about 2.35 million minutes.

St. Anne-Oratory Council 6756 in Rock Hill hosted a Thanksgiving pie sale that generated more than $1,000 to benefit Operation Hope, an outreach program for people with intellectual disabilities. Council members and their wives prepared approximately 80 apple and pumpkin pies for the sale.

As part of its outreach to people with intellectual disabilities, Our Lady, Star of the Sea Council 7122 in North Myrtle Beach held a Christmas party for special education students and their teachers. The party included a visit from the "Canine Angels" and Santa.

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Father James J. Scanlon Council 6936 in Highland Springs donated 34 coats to Commonwealth Catholic Charities through the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Program.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pope John Paul I Council 7165 in Woodbridge donated $5,000 to Father Gebhard Braungart Council 8415 in Seaside Park, N.J. The funds will assist council members whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged in the storm.

Father Cyril Karlowicz Council 9002 in Woodstock sang Christmas carols at three of the town's nursing homes Dec. 13, 2012. The singing group was composed of Knights, their wives and parishioners from St. John Bosco Church.

James Madison University Council 9286 in Harrisonburg hosted a student social to raise funds for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome research. After learning that a council member's sister-in-law had been diagnosed with the little-known disease, Knights stepped forward to help. With the support of the campus community, the event raised $200 for the Mayo Clinic to continue its research into a cure. The council also held a white ribbon campaign in opposition to sexual assault. Knights had male students sign a pledge affirming that they would not engage in, condone or remain silent about sexual assault. All men who signed the petition received a white ribbon.

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Mother Teresa Council 12036 and Pope John Paul II Assembly, both in Charles Town, co-hosted their semiannual blood drive at St. James Church. The drive netted 48 units of blood for the American Red Cross.

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