Truly a season of giving


By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

Kettle Drive
The Licking coordinators of the Salvation Army Kettle Drive extend many thanks and much appreciation to all who helped “man the kettle” and to those who gave generously this past holiday season. As well, many thanks to our Licking coordinators, Paul Meier and Linda and David Roberts.
While the Salvation Army Licking goal was not quite reached, it was close. The goal was $6,500 and $6,000 was donated, leaving a shortage of $500.00. This was perhaps due to less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2019, with fewer days of the kettle being available for donations at the local Town & Country Supermarket. The goal remained the same in 2018 and 2019 and was exceeded in 2018. According to Laura Crowley, Director, the goal for Texas County was $18,000, which was exceeded with $21,348.93 in contributions.
Eighty-five percent of the total contributions in Texas County remain in Texas County, helping those in need in our own communities. The annual holiday kettle drive is the major fundraiser that supplies the monies, which are utilized throughout the year.
Christmas in Our Hometown
“Thank you to everyone who donated,” said Donnetta James, Director, The Licking United Community Help Center and Bonnie Hall, Coordinator, Christmas in Our Hometown. Sixty-four children ranging in age from newborn to high school received Christmas, thanks to the generosity of our community. Additional children were helped when “adopted” by individuals, families, local church groups and organizations. 
K of C Council 12650
Forty-nine Christian men serving God, the Catholic Church and the community held multiple fund raisers in 2019 and have used the proceeds to make donations to local and state organizations throughout the year.
The Knights of Columbus Council 12650 members are from St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Houston, St. John the Baptist Mission in Licking and St. Vincent de Paul Mission in Roby. They held their annual Tootsie Roll Drive for persons with developmental disabilities, two gun raffles, a fish fry and a corned beef cabbage dinner.
Giving generously of their time and talent and with the generosity of the community, they were able to make multiple contributions to the benefit of others. Those receiving funds were: the Pregnancy Resource Center in Houston, (statewide the K of C have placed 45 ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers); food pantries in Houston and Licking; the Senior Centers in Houston and Licking; the Opportunity Sheltered Workshop in Houston; Christmas in Our Hometown; Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis; Missouri Special Olympics; The Wheelchair Foundation; The Religious Information Bureau of Missouri and support of a Seminarian. A large majority of the funds raised locally and donated by the K of C Council to the various organizations stayed here in Texas County.
The Council will again be hosting the Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and a fish fry on April 3 this year.
The Knights of Columbus Council wish to thank everyone in the church and community who generously contribute to their fund raisers. They recognize that without your help, the extent of support to the organizations they assist would not be possible. We extend our thanks to the K of C Council.
The community of Licking and surrounding areas have again shown what a caring and generous people they truly are.

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