By Leonel Tirado
Knights of Columbus from Texas and Mexico delivered supplies to a center in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, that serves migrants in need. Over $50,000 worth of supplies, including clothing, food, water, and medicine, arrived at Frontera Digna, a home for migrants and refugees, which is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Piedras Negras.
Over 20 volunteers were joined and blessed by Bishop Alonso G. Garza Treviño of Piedras Negras, and Laredo Bishop James A. Tamayo. Sister Isabel Turcios, the Director of the center, thanked the volunteers for their kindness, generosity and prayers.
Last month, the Knights delivered supplies to a center in Juarez, Mexico as part of their commitment for humanitarian needs at the border. Additional deliveries are planned as part of the of $150,000 commitment made earlier this year.
(photos provided by The Knights of Columbus.)
The Knights of Columbus are a fraternity of Catholic men committed to building a bridge back to faith, assisting the sick and disabled, and protecting those who can’t protect themselves.
All the works of The Knights of Columbus are informed by four core principles:
Charity – Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
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