Knights of Columbus donate to food bank

Staff Writer
Glen Rose Reporter
Members of the Knights of Columbus presented a check to the Somervell County Food Bank and Max Bly, executive director on Tuesday. Members of the Knights of Columbus included Sue Oldenberg, widow of Brother Knight Trustee Pat Oldenberg; along with Grand Knight Anthony Roffino; and current trustees David Hatcher and Nick Conte. Members of the Glen Rose Lions Club were also present, including Peter Gruber and Lee Sundby.

A special day for the Knights of Columbus and Somervell County Food Bank has arrived in the form of a day where two efforts come together in an offering of love and opportunity to serve.

The Knights of Columbus presented the Somervell County Food Bank with a check for $1,156. The effort began one year ago in the earliest stages of planning for the new home of “PaPa’s Pantry.” Knights of Columbus Council 15320, Glen Rose went on a fundraising effort specifically aimed at the new building.

Mike Beeson, Brother Knight, of Mike’s Plumbing offered his labor as a donation to the new facility and the council offered to fund the cost of all the plumbing parts and fixtures. Those in the community who participated in the annual KofC Golf Tournament can see their entry fees at work in the community as it was the primary fundraising event for this effort.

A second opportunity to serve is being offered today in the form of a charity activity known as Forty Cans for Lent. Forty Cans as it is known is a request from Knight’s to Saint Rose of Lima members to donate one can of food per day (or the dollar equivalent) for each day during the 40 days of Lent. Along with the check for the plumbing, the Knights of Columbus also presented a check in the amount of $1,156.

Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization founded in 1882 and currently has 1,600,000 members nationwide. The first operating principle of the Knights is charity and the easing of the plight of those less fortunate.