KC Council Provides for Ukranians in Need
May 26, 2022
ALGONQUIN—Days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, the Franciscan priests at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin heard of a Franciscan convent in Ukraine that was without power. 
Assuming the worst — no water, heat, or light — the Knights of Columbus Council #11091 sprang into action. The Franciscans in Ukraine had found a generator in Poland that would meet their needs, and it was for sale for $4,000, but they did not have the money. 
At the KC’s general meeting, the Knights voted to donate the $4,000 to cover the generator. 
Passing a hat around raised an additional $1,500 from the roughly 30 people present. The membership decided the council should match that cash donation, so the council donated another $1,500.
“It was a very proud moment in my life,” says Grand Knight David Campbell. “We had come together for a great cause and within 15 minutes had donated $7,000 to people in need. After the donation was received in Ukraine, we learned from Father Witold (Adamczyk, parochial administrator) that … we had raised enough money for (an additional) generator purchase for a (second Franciscan) convent in need!”
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