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Local Knights of Columbus Council to host “Wheelchair Sunday” to send wheelchairs to Haiti

 

Clarksville, TN – On the weekend of November 20th-21st, Fr. John A. Nolan Council 3537 of the Knights of Columbus will host a “Wheelchair Sunday” event after Masses at Immaculate Conception Parish (709 Franklin Street).

After all Masses that weekend, parishioners will be treated to a meal and a video presentation on the Knights cooperation with the American Wheelchair Mission, a non-profit organization that delivers free wheelchairs worldwide to people and their families in dire need of mobility. In the past 3 years, Knights in Tennessee have raised enough funds to send shipments of wheelchairs to Mexico as well as to Veterans’ facilities in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Memphis. We are currently attempting to raise $42,000 statewide in order to send a container of 260 wheelchairs to Haiti.

A tax-deductible gift of $150.00 will enable us to purchase and send a wheelchair to Haiti which, if purchased in a medical supply store, would retail for over $500.00. It is estimated that around the world over 100 million people are in need of a wheelchair, but fewer than 1 percent own or have access to one. It is also estimated that an average of 10 lives are directly impacted in a positive way with the gift of a single wheelchair.

All donations received over this weekend will be used toward the purchase of wheelchairs to be sent to Haiti, with any leftover funds earmarked to start on purchasing a shipment of wheelchairs to be donated to Knoxville area veterans.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Chris Myers at chris.myers@kofc3537.org . To learn more about the Knights of Columbus involvement, visit the Council website at www.kofc3537.org.

About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service organization. In 2009, the 1.8 million members donated more than $151 million to charitable needs and projects, and volunteered over 60 million hours of their time to charitable causes.


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