By Deputy Grand Knight Tim Lewis
As members of Knights of Columbus we have a long history of supporting Life. Our Supreme Knight, Patrick Kelly, recently said that “One of the most important tasks God has given us at this moment is to advance the cause of life.” Since 2009, the Knights have purchased over 163 Ultrasound machines valued over $75 million, and we will now embark on our latest mission and programs in this area, titled ASAP.
ASAP (Assistance and Support After Pregnancy) will focus our support and resources targeted to raise funds for Maternity Homes and Pregnancy Support Centers. Brief details follow:
Assistance and Support After Pregnancy describes the Knights of Columbus’ efforts to support pregnant women, mothers and their new children by serving pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes. These pro-life, non-profits are lifelines to women and babies in need and offer essential services that make the difference between a baby being aborted and a baby being born in a supportive environment. Pregnancy resource centers provide assistance to nearly 2 million clients each year. In 2021, Knights donated $4.6 million and 469,000 volunteer hours to support these centers and the women and children they serve through cash donations and community service activities such as baby and maternity item drives. These life-saving organizations would not be able to provide the level of assistance women and children need without support from our Order and collaborating parish communities. Through the ASAP initiative, councils can now contribute even more support. For every $500 a council donates to a qualifying pregnancy resource center or maternity home (up to $2,000), the Supreme Council will donate $100 more. Visit kofc.org/asap for resources.
Click here for more information. Much more information and review of these programs will come at our upcoming Council meetings!