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Brothers,
 
I hope all is well with you and your families.... I would like to share how proud I am of our Brothers and our Council. Our brothers have stepped up this year to assist at our various events / activities, donated funds to our partners, assisted our Parish at respective Masses in various ways, helped fundraise for our Council, assisted our community in various ways, and helped support our Council in any way they could. I would like to thank each and every one of you that assisted our Council in any way. We are blessed to be able to make a difference in our Parish, our local community and in the lives of many in our community. Pictures are attached for the presentations we made to our respective partners and also recent events we held. 
 
I would like to take this time to thank all of you for your generosity in donating funds to assist our partners. Our Council typically donates to charitable organizations that we partner with and assist annually. This year, we decided to give our Brothers the opportunity to personally donate funds through our Council to assist our partner organizations any way we can, especially in this challenging time we are in. 
 
I would like to outline some of the Councils' recent accomplishments / contributions:
 
MiraVia- the Council has generously donated $ 650 to our partner for their Outreach Program this year; their gratitude was truly inspirational. Our contact person at the MiraVia was very grateful to our Council for our donation; the funds were delivered personally by a small group of brothers; we wanted to emphasize the personal touch. MiraVia is a Catholic non-profit local organization that serves pregnant women regardless of their economic, social, religious, racial or ethnic background. The organization respects and affirms life from the moment of conception. In the past, our Council has provided support by selling roses after Masses on Mothers' Day weekend.
 
Church of God Children's Home / Orphanage (Kannapolis)- our Council has generously donated $ 700 to our partner for their respective program of assisting children. This worthwhile organization is a private, non-profit, Christian agency that provides a positive and safe environment for hurting,abused,neglected, and at risk children (4-21 years of age) placed privately by the NC Dept of Social Services (DSS). They are committed to meeting the physical,mental,social,and spiritual needs of hurting children.
Our contact person at the Orphanage was very grateful to our Council for our donation and the donation of 7 turkeys as well from our Thanksgiving Food Drive. The funds and turkeys were delivered personally by a group of brothers; we wanted to emphasize the personal touch.
 
The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter (Concord)-  our Council has generously donated $ 450 to our partner for their respective program of assisting homeless men and women. The Shelter is committed to using funds locally to support vital programs to help those that need it.  Our contact person at the Shelter was very grateful to our Council for our donation; the funds were delivered personally by a group of brothers; we wanted to emphasize the personal touch.
 
St. James Parish- our Council donated $ 400 to our parish and gifts to our parish priests (Fr. Jerome, Fr. Glenn, Fr. Fabio, Fr. Charlie). We are honored to be able to show our appreciation and love to our parish family, our parish office staff for their support, and to our parish priests.
 
LAMB- our Council has fundraised a considerable amount for this worthwhile program to assist our local Cabarrus County Special Education program on an annual basis. We will hopefully be able to donate a generous amount this year; considering the various challenges we have had this year. Our contacts at the Cabarrus County Special Ed. program very extremely grateful to our Council for our donation; we are honored to be able to assist.
 
Michael J. Memorial Foundation Fund / Mikes' Bikes- our Council has generously donated $ 150 to our partner for their respective program of providing bikes to local children for Christmas. We also provided transportation assistance for the bikes from the local Walmart to our Parish for distribution to local children at Christmas. We are honored to be able to assist the organization every year; Mike is grateful for our Councils' assistance.
 
Thanksgiving Food Drive- our annual Food Drive helped collect 150 turkeys,hams, and all of the trimmings. The generosity of our Brothers and fellow parishioners was gratifying; also many Brothers assisted in the collection and distribution of food for respective families. We also held a Christmas distribution on Dec. 21st.
 
Council Blood Drives- our Council conducted 4 successful Blood Drives, saving lives in our community and assisting local blood banks. Our Blood Drives typically had 30- 40 donors per Drive; we are grateful to be helping our community in this way.
 
Gift baskets to widows of Deceased Brothers / Brothers that are ill or hospitalized- our Council purchased and personally delivered gift / fruit baskets to widows of our Deceased Brothers and Brothers that are ill or hospitalized (started this year). We want to show them we care and think about them, and are there for them.
 
Christ in Christmas cards- our campaign for selling our Christ in Christmas cards has gone well this year. We want to ensure we always keep our Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts during Christmas and always in our lives.
 
Council Outreach to our Brothers and parishioners- our Council has initiated a groceries and meds pick up for our Brothers and fellow parishioners since the Pandemic started, to assist any families in need or families that would like to use this service our Council is providing.
 
Honorary members- our Council would like to honor our Honorary and Honorary Life members with a fellowship luncheon in the near future. 
 
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, suggestions you may have. Our Council has had an active start of the fraternal year and is looking forward to continuing our good works to our fellow Brothers, our Parish, and our community in the upcoming year.
 
I hope that you and your families have a blessed, safe, and healthy Christmas and New Year.  
 
God Bless you and your families.
 
Respectfully,
 
 
Joe Amodeo
Grand Knight
K of C # 7450
# 845-234-8631
 
 
 
 
 
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