Giving Thanks to the Brave at Thanksgiving

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Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions, including helping our veterans and children in need.They continued these traditions in the days surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.

Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Council 14360 and students at Norwalk’s Fox Run, Wolfpit and All Saints Catholic Schools sponsored a donation drive for the 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.

Fox Run School teachers Mary Janine Lane and Jane Jawlik as well as the Fox Run Student Council organized their drive.  Council 14360 member Joe Giandurco and his wife, Alice, a retired Fox Run teacher, approached the school about organizing a collection for the fourth straight year.

When Council 14360 approached All Saints about doing a similar drive, Principal Linda Dunn, Student Council advisor John Mezzacappa and the All Saints Student Council were immediately responsive and excited about the opportunity to help the home for the second straight year.  In addition, Wolfpit School in Norwalk, coordinated by teacher Melissa Giandurco, joined the other schools this year for the first time.  The three schools, along with Council 14360, held drives and delivered 4 car loads of food and supplies to Homes for the Brave.

Joe Giandurco, Council 14360 member and a former Marine who served in Vietnam, was pleased to take part in this year’s drive.  “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 commented.

In addition, Council 14360 and Catholic Daughters of the Americas St. Matthew Court 2640 provided and delivered a full Thanksgiving meal for the residents of Homes for the Brave for the fourth consecutive year. “Time after time, we are deeply touched by the dedication the Saint Matthew Knights and Catholic Daughters.  Once again, they gave up the time and financial resources that are so precious this time of year to coordinate three supply drives and deliver a traditional turkey dinner to our men and women on Thanksgiving. It means so much to our residents that they were able to take a break from their hard work and enjoy a traditional family-style meal, said Kaitlin Marinelli, Communications and Outreach Specialist at Homes for the Brave.

Homes for the Brave CEO/Executive Director Vince Santilli went on to say, “Our men and women both loved the food and we could NOT be more appreciative. What a blessing St. Matthew Council #14360 and Catholic Daughters Court 2640 have been to us. Your Thanksgiving visit and the meal you delivered was a wonderful blessing.”

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