Friday, November 29, 2013

Annual Charity Drive!

Looking for some worthy causes to donate to, but don't have the time? Let the Knights of Columbus take care of that for you!

Okay, so that's a little tongue-in-cheeky.

Just to give a little background, for those of you who are kinda foggy as to who and what we are: 

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Based mostly in the US, its territories and foreign bases, there are also chapters in Canada, Mexico, Poland, Guatemala and other nations. Originally formed as a mutual benefit society for poor immigrants, we now donate over $160 million in direct contributions and 70 million man-hours of labor to various good works. We also have over $90 billion in insurance policies in force, backed by $19.8 billion in assets, with the highest of ratings. The Knights have also done some political lobbying over the years, but that's only one small part of our total effort on behalf of the Catholic Church; no, we have no albino assassins.

Now, to cut to the chase: Black Friday weekend is when my council (St. Mark, Denton, Texas) holds its annual charity drive. All the money collected this weekend — that's right, all as in "100%" — goes to our charity fund; not a penny goes to us (our membership dues pay for what little overhead we have). Most of the payouts are local, especially to the Loretto House, a local crisis pregnancy center, Seeds of Change (a project that feeds homeless people), Texas Special Olympics and the American Wheelchair Mission.

This year, though, we've set up a PayPal account which goes directly into our charity fund. So if you're not going to be in the area of the Golden Triangle Mall in Denton this weekend, you can follow this link and make a contribution by Visa, Mastercard, AmEx or Discover, or through your own PayPal account. And you can continue to give long after the weekend is over, either through recurring debits or just revisiting the link (as we have no plans to take it down Sunday). 

Just tell 'em that Tony the Impractical Catholic sent you.