Knights of Columbus collect drive-thru donations for Norfolk church in need

Posted at 2:03 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 22:00:07-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Full hands make for full hearts -- at least that's true at the Knights of Columbus Norfolk Council #367.

On Saturday the organization held a donation drive for the folks at St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries, a Norfolk-based nonprofit whose mission is to serve the city's homeless population.

“We wanted to try to get something going to provide assistance to the community," says Ron Schafer, the Past Grand Knight for Norfolk Council #367.

He says the pandemic has had a major impact on St. Columba's already limited supplies.

"[They're one of many] who are really struggling right now because there are so many city agencies and other agencies have been forced to close their doors because of the coronavirus but they have remained open and are providing assistance. [However] because of that increased volume they’re running short on supplies," Schafer says.

Community members were encouraged to drop off gloves, masks, toilet paper and everything in between.

Current Grand Knight of Council #367, Daniel Doyle says the items go a long way and every little bit helps, “by gathering supplies for them we are helping serve the community at large.”

The Knights also made sandwiches for those in need and cooked up some burgers for the people kind enough to drop off supplies.

If you would like to provide any more donations you can reach out to the Knights of Columbus or St. Columba.