Lakeway area came through to help people with mental challenges. This is the 36th year that the Knights of Columbus in Morristown have collected money from the public to aid local organizations that serve the needs of folks with intellectual difficulties.
During the Knights’ annual Tootsie Roll street collections last fall after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, citizens and businesses gave $4,750 to the local effort.
Another $3,750 was raised to help mental-health agencies across the state. This money came in from roadblocks and collection points at Food City and Walmart.
The Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick Parish in Morristown split the local share of $4,750 among six groups from the Five Rivers area, giving $900 to the Ridin’ High Academy, $900 to Special Olympics Area 10, $650 to Manley Preschool Special Needs, $650 to Lincoln Heights Elementary Special Education, $650 to Central Services’ Cerebral Palsy Program, and $1,000 for a special-ed student trip to Dollywood.
Since 1981, the Knights have given away more than $368,670 to local agencies that help people with mental difficulties.
With more than 1.9 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization.
Its members and families give volunteer service to the Catholic Church, the community, and families.
In 2015 the Knights of Columbus gave more than $175 million to charities, and members donated more than 73 million hours of service to charitable causes. Since 2005 the Knights have given more than $2 billion to charity and 764 million hours of charitable volunteer service.