In response to recent news of the funding crisis faced by St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, the Knights of Columbus Council 9995 from St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson made a substantial donation to help the needy and marginally employed in the Rim Country.
Sil Egler, the financial secretary of the Knights of Columbus, presented an $800 donation to Jim Bridges, co-president of St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank here in Payson.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Jim Bridges. “These funds will be used to help the neediest in our community. Everyone is helped, regardless of their faith or personal situation.”
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps residents with food, rent/shelter, medical, transportation and other needs. Programs include services for the homeless and marginally employed, medical and dental care for the working poor, and general assistance for individuals in need. A Catholic lay organization, the Society embraces a spirit of poverty, humility and prayer.
The Knights of Columbus started in 1882 to render financial aid to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The Knights of Columbus has grown to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members.
Locally, the St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church is the home to Council 9995 of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights have been active in a number of charity and fund-raising projects including the Special Olympics, child illnesses, the food bank and college scholarships. For more information, contact Deacon Tom Fox, Knights of Columbus, Council 9995, (928) 474-2129 home office, or (928) 277-9851 cell, or Jim Bridges, co-chairman, St. Vincent de Paul, (928) 951-3480 cell.