This Time on Knight Life
This time on Knight Life the sights and sounds of Advent surround filling us with high hopes as we prepare our hearts and homes for Christ’s Birth
This time on Knight Life we hear of mercy work – feeding the hungry and helping the disadvantaged – by Knights on opposite ends of our state.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers with stories taken from the many activities of the Knights in Iowa providing information, inspiration and yes invitation to join this Band of Brothers in our mission to active Catholic lives.
Thank you to the Knights who see what needs to be done and then do it; and thank you to our sponsors who make it possible to bring you these stories.
This is Knight Life…our Mission: to Be Men of Courage as we lead our families in loving service to our fellow man, woman, child and unborn child.
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Overview of the Podcast – High Hopes
I’m sure many of us recall men wearing brightly colored yellow aprons offering tootsie rolls for donations. If you’ve ever wondered where that money is put to use we will find out one good way today.
Since the early 1970’s the Knights of Columbus have been consistent and staunch supporters of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Although the names have changed over the years the program remains unchanged. 90% of all the funds collected after costs are returned to local agencies that offer services to those with intellectual disabilities.
But what about the remaining 10%? Well those funds are retained and composited at the state level for two purposes. First a large portion each year – $25,000 – is donate to Iowa Special Olympics to assist with their many sports programs for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The remainder is available for grants to organizations – typically at $500 or $1000 each. However each year the state leadership of the Iowa Knights of Columbus selects an eligible organization and makes a substantial donation to further that organization’s ability to help people in need. By pooling resources from across the state, Knights can make a larger impact to advance the mission of the selected organization.” To be eligible the organization must utilize the funds to serve clients with intellectual disabilities.
This year the Iowa Knights of Columbus selected Camp High Hopes of Siouxland as the recipient of a $25,000 donation to support operations and the Phase 2 capital campaign. See the press release here
At the presentation I had the opportunity to visit with the camp executive director Chris Liberto on the mission and work of the camp.
The next time you notice Knights of Columbus members conducting their annual Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities keep in mind the far reaching effects your donation can help to produce. Your participation in the Campaign is also joining with Knight’s on-going support directed to the dignity and worth of every human person.
This is Mike Gaspers for the Knight Life. We have been talking about Camp High Hopes with executive director Chris Libreto and the work done there to server people with intellectual disabilities.
I invite you to learn more about Iowa Knights by visiting www.iowakofc.org where you will find information on the Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and other charitable works of the Iowa Knights.
The hungry are always with us and many of you reach out with baskets and aid especially at this holiday time of the year. I recently received a call from Jim in Muscatine who has taken the impulse to help to another level. He explained to me how a simple act to provide a thanksgiving dinner to one family 15 years ago turned into an ongoing passion which in 2016 will provide 1000 thanksgiving meals to those in need.
Each of us has the ability to touch lives in meaningful ways.
This is Mike Gaspers and you are listening to the Knight Life show where we strive to tell the story of the Iowa Knights from an insider’s point of view. This time we’ve heard about Camp High Hopes in the Siouxland area and a man’s passion to feed people that has grown to serve thousands in Muscatine.
To learn more about Food for Families visit www.iowakofc.org/food.
To find out more on the Iowa Knights visit our website www.iowakofc.org. You can follow Iowa Knights of Columbus on Facebook or on Twitter @IAKnights for the latest news and updates.
Next time we will be talking with Knights involved with prison ministries. While it may be easy to forget about those who are serving a debt to society, nevertheless it is important to reach out and assist these men and women in Christian fashion. Listen in next time on the knight Life.
We will end with a reflection on Knights to Christ. Knights to Christ is an initiative to combine scripture, the principles of the Knights and contemporary reflection. Steve Hesprich gives us a vision of the right stuff quite different from what we might expect.
Advent is a good time to be available as a devoted family leader – serving the needs of his loved ones as a reflection of Christ’s love and mercy. We are the ones Christ has picked – are we willing to be available to do His will?
To learn more about Knights to Christ or to get the entire book of reflections visit http://www.knightstochrist.org/
I’m Mike Gaspers, thank you for listening. Feeling inspired by what you heard? Then I invite you to act courageously and with love to put your faith into action by word and by deeds starting in your own family.
If you are interested in this Band of Brothers focused on being better active Catholics and fathers while reaching out to those in need; contact a Knight or your parish priest and we will bring you into this fraternity of Catholic men.
Our State Deputy is Jon Aldrich of Altoona who exhorts each of us to Be Strong. Be Courageous. Step into the Breach with Us.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.