Knights, area students team up to assist local veterans in need

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Council 14360 and students at Fox Run School and All Saint Catholic School sponsored a donation drive for veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport in honor of Veterans Day.

Homes for The Brave is a facility in Bridgeport that takes care of veterans who are working to get back to regular life after serving in the armed forces.

The massive donation drive for goods for the soldiers was much appreciated by the residents.

“When I walked into work Monday morning, my jaw nearly hit the floor,” said Homes for the Brave Communications Director Katie Marinelli. “Two offices had been filled with the items we always need most: laundry detergent, paper goods, coffee, food, and more. In disbelief, I looked at my colleague who is also a Veteran and former Homes for the Brave resident. He said, ‘This is the greatest country in the world. The outpouring of love and support that Americans have for their Veterans–you won’t find that anywhere else.’ After a weekend that was marked with tragic events for the people of Paris and Beirut, the generosity displayed by All Saints Catholic School, Fox Run School, and the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council was a much-needed reminder of how much good and kindness exists in the world and in our community.”

Fox Run School teachers Mary Jo Pecora-Runkle and Jane Jawlik and the Fox Run Student Council organized the drive. Knights of Columbus Council 14360 member Joe Ginadurco and his wife, Alice, a retired Fox Run teacher, approached the school about organizing a collection for the third straight year. When Council 14360 approached All Saints about doing a drive, Principal Linda Dunn, Student Council advisor John Mezzacappa and the All Saints Student Council were immediately responsive and were excited about the opportunity to help Homes for the Brave. Both schools along with Council 14360 held drives and delivered 1 van and 2 car loads of food and supplies to Homes for the Brave.

Joe Gianadurco is a former Marine who served in Vietnam.

“Homes for the Brave is a top-notch organization. It is my pleasure and honor to help my fellow veterans in any way I can,” he says.

Grand Knight George Ribellino added, “The compassion and drive that our members have for the military is one of love and appreciation. I am also thankful to the students, teachers and administration at Fox Run School and All Saints Catholic School for their generosity and support

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