Knights Give to Typhoon Victims; Lead Charge to Keep Christ in Christmas
Fund established to aid those affected by Typhoon Durian in Philippines
The Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus Dec. 7 committed $50,000 to help victims of Typhoon Durian, which struck the island of Luzon in the Philippines Nov. 30, and encouraged state and local councils of the Order and any concerned individual donor, to make contributions as well.
The powerful storm hit the Philippines with winds as high as 140 miles (225 kilometers) per hour, and caused landslides and flooding that destroyed or damaged at least 250,000 homes. More than 1,300 people are dead or missing in the wake of the storm, and aid is urgently needed for the survivors. The worst damage was done in the area around Mayon, a volcano in the province of Albay.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson noted that the Knights of Columbus has more than 200,000 members in the Philippines, many of whom have been working to help those affected by the storm.
“Just as U.S. and Canadian Knights rushed to help those in need after hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year, Filipino Knights are reaching out to their countrymen on Luzon who are suffering so much right now,” Anderson said.
“This contribution expresses our solidarity with them in their hour of need, and I am confident that Knights around the world will add their own contributions to this effort.”
Contributions should be made out to Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., with a notation on the check that it is for the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund. The mailing address is:
Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund PO Box 1670 New Haven, CT 06507-0901
Knights of Columbus Lead Charge to 'Keep Christ in Christmas' Order takes message to tens of millions through public service announcements and tree lightings.
Millions of people in North America will get the message to “Keep Christ in Christmas” thanks to public service announcements from the Knights of Columbus that will be aired in the United States and Canada during the Christmas season.
Radio spots encouraging people to “Keep Christ in Christmas” in various ways – including by helping the less fortunate – will be aired in English and Spanish. A public service announcement for television has been sent to TV networks and hundreds of local broadcast stations and cable television systems.
The Knights have been producing Keep Christ in Christmas public service announcements since the 1980s.
Last year, the Knights of Columbus Christmas announcements reached more than 43 million television viewers and up to 37 million radio listeners. Hundreds of billboards with the same message have also been put up by local Knights of Columbus councils, and many councils sell religiously-themed Christmas cards as well.
“In the midst of an increasingly materialistic and secular society, it is all too easy to lose sight of what Christmas really means. We give gifts to each other because it is the day on which we celebrate the ultimate gift: the Christ child, the savior of mankind,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.
“Even those who do not share the Christian faith can and do appreciate the message of peace and hope that this Christian holiday – holy day – brings to the world. It is a message that the world needs now more than ever.”
This month the Knights kicked off the Christmas season as councils nationwide – including the Supreme Council in New Haven – took part in the “Light up for Christ” program. Councils are encouraged to hold a Christmas tree or Nativity scene lighting ceremony on the first Tuesday of December to commemorate Christ’s birth.
For more information on these and other Knights of Columbus related activities, go to www.kofc.org.