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Knights of Columbus Donate to West Hartford Town That Cares

From left: Suzanne Oslander, Community Partnerships Coordinator; Nancy Stockman, Food Pantry Coordinator; Austin Gillis, Grand Knight; Kevin Walsh, Financial Secretary. Courtesy photo

The Knights of Columbus recently delivered its donation to West Hartford Town Hall.


The St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus, Council 10817, have continued their annual donation to West Hartford’s “The Town That Cares Fund.”

Austin Gillis, Grand Knight of Council 10817 said, “The COVID pandemic prohibited the Council from holding its traditional BBQ dinner to benefit The Town That Cares but we were able to continue our support efforts through the sale of mums to our parishioner and community.”

Suzanne Oslander, Community Partnerships manager for West Hartford Social Services said, “The community response during this pandemic has been incredibly generous. West Hartford is truly a town that cares. Once again we are very appreciative of the effort and dedication shown by the St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus.”

Father Bob Kwiatkowski, Pastor of the Church of St. Peter Claver said, “Throughout this year our Parish has responded to the continuing need for food.With the assistance of the The Town That Cares and other organizations in this and surrounding communities, our parish provided food baskets, with gift cards to purchase turkeys and other perishable items, to over 200 families during the Christmas season of celebration and giving.”

The Knights of Columbus was founded as a fraternal benefit society at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven in 1882. The organization counts more than 1.8 million members worldwide and last year Knights donated more than $167 million and 70 million hours to charitable causes.St. Peter Claver Council 10817 has been chartered since the early 1990s, and supports many charitable and service projects for the church and community in addition to their support of The Town That Cares Fund.

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