May 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
The South Plainfield Knight of Columbus #6203 held their 2014 "Special Citizens Drive" from April 24th through April 27th. Over $14,000 was collected during the four-day event from canning at local business. The Knights collected at 156 time slots over four days at 16 local businesses, with 140 Knights covering these time slots.
The Knights would like to thank the following businesses for allowing the Knights to collected in front of their stores: Quik Chek on Sampton Ave & Durham Ave, CVS on Oak Tree Rd & Plainfield Ave, A&P Supermarket, Super Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, Dunkin Donuts, The Bagel Pantry, Ciccio's Pizza, 7-11 on Plainfield Ave & Park Ave, TD Bank, Dave's Stationary, Witty's and Oak Tree Liquors.
The following local business have also allowed the Knights to have cans inside their stores all year for customers to make donations: The Corner Deli, B&C Deli, Sherbans & Oak Tree Liquors. All proceeds collected will be donated to local special needs organizations "The Keystone Community and The Midland School. As well the South Plainfield Knight of Columbus gives money to 5 mentally handicapped families that need financial support to send their children to a summer camp (Camp Sun N' Fun).
In the past 8 years over $100,000 have been donated by the South Plainfield Knights of Columbus to organizations to help better the lives of these special needs citizens
Chairman Joe Scrudato who would like to thank all of the Knights members, their family members and our Sister Columbiettes who collected for this drive as well brother Knight Charlie Butrico for managing all of the letters that go to the local business asking for donations. The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus would like to thank each and every South Plainfield resident who have supported this drive over the years.
Lastly the Knights would like to personally thank six special people (Joe Bielinski, Janie & Kaitlyn Pollack who was helping because their mom & grandmother, Theresa, was sick this week, Irene Butrico, Walter Kula and Sharon Scrudato) who have been at the Knights hall the four days of the drive for many hours counting and re-counting all of the money that was collected, they are the best money counters in the world!
Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society at a time in the United States when Catholic immigrants were being forced to renounce their Faith in order to earn a livelihood for their families. Our mission as Knights of Columbus, is to keep Father McGivney's dream alive, to actively seek out Catholic men and invite them to be a part of our community of Christian family life through participation in our social and fraternal programs of service to our Church, community, and youth.
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