For more than 30 years, Somerville Council 1432 has distributed 80-pound baskets to needy families just before Christmas. Knights collect the names of families in need from local parishes and organizations. The council then uses its charitable fund to purchase food that members divide into individual baskets.
For more than 20 years, Benedict XV Council 2355 in Cliffside Park has hosted an annual Christmas toy drive to benefit children at the University Hospital in Newark.
Nativity Council 2976 in Laurel Springs hosted a drive at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church that collected 586 pairs of used eyeglasses for New Eyes for the Needy. The council also donated $1,500 each to two seminarians from funds collected from parishioners.
Msgr. Joseph F. Loreti Council 3240 in Roselle Park sold "Keep Christ in Christmas" items to fund a "Keep Christ in Christmas" billboard for the duration of the holiday season.
St. Joseph Council 3402 in Keyport and its ladies' auxiliary co-sponsored a charity barbecue to benefit breast cancer awareness and research groups. The event raised $8,000, which was divided among four recipients. The council also hosted two benefit breakfasts and a spaghetti dinner and sold 150 Christmas trees to help residents of Union Beach who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The events raised $6,135 for the town's disaster relief fund.
St. Joseph the Carpenter Council 3946 in Roselle hosted a Christmas dinner for approximately 75 people from Union County. Knights and their families served turkey, side dishes and desserts at the event, which also included door prizes.
St. Francis of Assisi Council 4524 in East Rutherford raised $2,820 for the Felician School for Exceptional Children during the council's annual fund drive for people with intellectual disabilities.
South Plainfield Council 6203 held its annual breakfast with Santa for the children of council members and the community. Knights served eggs, bacon and French toast to those in attendance. The council also held its annual Christmas party for people with intellectual disabilities. More than 80 residents from Keystone Community attended the event.
Father John P. Wessel Council 6530 in Marlton held its annual "Roses for Life" sale at St. Joan of Arc Church. Knights sold roses following all Masses on Jan. 19-20, netting $1,352 for First Way of Burlington County.
Don Bosco Council 7784 in Newton hosted two events to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation's "Keep Dad in the Game" campaign. Knights hosted a two-day fundraiser at an area restaurant as well as a family bowling night at Sparta Lanes. Both events generated more than $1,200.
At the request of their pastor, members of St. Barnabas Council 8603 in Bayville served as ushers at Midnight Mass on Christmas wearing tuxedos and white gloves.
St. Catherine of Siena Council 15217 in Pittstown assisted council member David Juchniewicz with a project to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. With the help of the council, Juchniewicz was able to enlist more than 100 people to pledge money for each mile that he swam throughout 2012. In total, Juchniewicz swam 750 miles and raised $6,290 for the Wounded Warrior Project.