State Secretary’s Catholic Charities Juice Challenge Continues to Grow

District Deputy Jason Follett of Ankeny delivers boxes of 100% juice and cash raised since August 2013 as a result of Iowa Knights of Columbus activities held in District 26 which encompasses Northern Polk County.

The juice and dollars benefit children living at Catholic Charities - Diocese of Des Moines’ Saint Joseph Emergency Family Shelter. Saint Joseph’s is the only emergency shelter in Polk County where the entire family unit can stay together. It provides a safe, clean housing for homeless families for a limited stay.

“Catholic Charities - Diocese of Des Moines thanks Father Paul F. Hans Assembly 3265, Saint Mary-Holy Cross Council 15347, and the Sir Knights who attended the Central Iowa Joint Assemblies Officers Meeting held in Ankeny for this donation,” shared Nancy Galeazzi, Executive Director of Catholic Charities - Diocese of Des Moines. “Given we do not receive 100% juice from the commodities we are allotted, such donations make our limited budget spread further.”

“I am proud of Assembly 3265, Council 15347, and my fellow Central Iowa Assemblies Officers who stepped up to this challenge from our State Secretary,” said Follett who is also a member of the Catholic Charities - Diocese of Des Moines Board of Directors. “It is an outstanding example to our Order’s first principle, Charity,” expressed Follett.

The remaining Councils within District 26, Msgr. J.M. Hanson Council 5038 at OLIH in Ankeny, Father Richard E. Gubbels Council 15603 at Saint Luke the Evangelist in Ankeny, and All Saints Council 10282, are considering similar efforts. In addition, Assembly 3265 has committed to collect juice and money at each of their meetings through June 2014.

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