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'A lot of good work and much insight can come from trying to solve a relatively small or everyday kind of problem.' So states Joseph Cullen in his lead-in sentence for an article he recently posted on the KofC.org web site. The story turns in to one of cross-border cooperation - Texas and Mexican Knights of Columbus members working together. The episode begins when a request for a $9,000 shower was deemed not enough money. However, this is not a "600 hammer" story but one about the Knights of Columbus beginning to step-up to the plate at the Southern Border.
'The key moment for us in trying help the migrants along the southern border came when we realized that we needed to buy a shower for use in a shelter that was being supported by our El Paso councils and local parishes,' said Knights Supreme Director Terry Simonton.
'The Knights had already been providing supplies, cooking meals and paying for a rented shower. Simonton went on to say: it made much more sense to buy a shower but, at $9,000, we had to turn to the Supreme Council for help as the El Paso Knights and parish funds had become depleted. The response we got back from New Haven was: Yes , but that’s not enough. We must do more.'
’A few days later, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced at the Order’s international convention in August that: We are launching a new initiative -- one focused on the crisis on America’s southern border...The entire Knights of Columbus has joined the efforts of individual Knights and local councils as they come to the aid of migrants along the border. '
'The new initiative was on display Oct. 5 when a caravan of Knights of Columbus from Texas and Mexico came to the aid of those in need at Casa del Migrante, delivering a truckload of supplies valued at $61,000 that included medicine, food, water, diapers and shoes for the facility in Juarez, Mexico.'
There is more to this story including additional KofC funds and volunteer labor. You can read what the local bishop and Knights thought about the cooperative project on the KofC.org web site or at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.
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Small Request from Texas Knights Prompts Aid to Migrants Knights from Texas and Mexico bring supplies to Juarez (Mexico). By Joseph Cullen - Knights of Columbus (10/11/2019) A lot of good work and much insight can come from trying to solve a relatively small or everyday kind of problem.
“The key moment for us in trying help the migrants along the southern border came when we realized that we needed to buy a shower for use in a shelter that was being supported by our El Paso councils and local parishes,” said Knights Supreme Director Terry Simonton......
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