Chivalry not dead as Knights shine

Chivalry not dead as Knights shine

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Sometimes what some people say can make all the difference in the world.
That’s what Vince Harvey learned when he bumped into a past recipient of the Knights of Columbus Christmas Hamper campaign.
The man told Harvey that he was finally able to save some money in a new bank account. He even bought a car.
Like other volunteers in the Knights organization, these testimonies warm the heart and make all of their efforts worthwhile.
Hamper campaign chairman Wayne Danbrook also ran into a past recipient who was so grateful of the help she received one Christmas.
Danbrook was buying a bunch of groceries for the campaign when the cashier asked what all the food was for. Once he explained, she acknowledged her reliance on the program three years ago.
The woman said the hamper she received was a big help over the Christmas holidays. Danbrook said it was nice to see her working and no longer in need of a hamper.
Unfortunately, he can’t say that for a lot of other people in Oliver.
Danbrook said the Knights expect to distribute approximately 220 hampers this season, compared to about 210 last year. Fourty-one years ago when the Knights started the campaign, they only delivered 10 to 12 hampers, Danbrook recalled.
But today’s social environment is vastly different with some people having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet, he noted.
Danbrook said you can’t live on $10 an hour, so unfortunately some families have to leave town to survive. He pointed out that many hamper recipients are now single mothers.
Harvey said he was informed about one lady who was too proud to come forward and request a hamper. Fortunately, the Knights ensured that she received one.
Knights of Columbus volunteer Tony Avila said, “For many families, this is the only help they get (at Christmas time).”
Food and toy donations can be dropped off at the Chronicle during business hours Monday to Friday.

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