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With their arms full of vegetables, members of the Yarmouth Knights of Columbus patrolled tables lined with Christmas hampers, depositing carrots, bags of onions, potatoes, turnips and more into the containers.
The produce was purchased at reduced prices with money donated from local benefactors in support of the Knights’ goal of helping the Yarmouth Salvation Army.
Close to 20 Knights showed up to help distribute the produce.
Past Grand Knight Bill Carroll says the organization has been assisting in this manner for the past two or three years.
“It’s very rewarding and the guys are very enthusiastic,” he said.
Carroll believes the partnership between the Knights and Salvation Army is a first for the province.
He approached several businesses in the area for donations towards the vegetables and received more than enough funds. The excess ($1,650) was presented to Captain Mike Mailman for other needs.
Mailman says he’s delighted with the assistance that the Knights provide, sorting and packing all of the fresh vegetables for the nearly 200 Christmas hampers.
“It only took them about half an hour,” he said.
“We are very thankful for all the help that the Knights of Columbus provide. It is people like them in our community who help make it possible to do what we do.”
The Knights also have a program in which they buy new coats to donate to the Salvation Army. This year they donated coats for a dozen girls and a dozen boys.
They also tend the Salvation Army Christmas kettle at the Canadian Tire store for the month of December. Last year they collected close to $5,000.
“Yarmouth is a very generous and giving area,” said Carroll.
The Knights of Columbus presented Yarmouth Salvation Army Captain Mike Mailman with a $1,650 cheque recently and helped pack vegetables that they had purchased for Christmas hampers with funds donated by local businesses.
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