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Keystone Knights of Columbus, Clay Electric continue to support Holiday Helpers program

By Natalie Gilstrap For Clay Today
Posted 12/31/69

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Knights of Columbus’ Holiday Helpers program got an early and much-appreciated Christmas gift: a $12,000 donation from Clay Electric Cooperative.

The Knights have …

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Keystone Knights of Columbus, Clay Electric continue to support Holiday Helpers program


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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Knights of Columbus’ Holiday Helpers program got an early and much-appreciated Christmas gift: a $12,000 donation from Clay Electric Cooperative.

The Knights have served the needs of local families, children, senior citizens, veterans and the homeless since 2019.

Holiday Helpers started as a continuation of the Angel Tree program, which provided children with toys for the holiday.

“We wanted to expand it to include the children and Angel Trees and their families, said Chairman David Dickinson. “We also wanted to work with the churches and businesses in the Lake Region Area to make them have better holiday seasons. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, we expanded it to include those.”

Clay Electric is a major benefactor of Holiday Helpers.

Every year, the committee reaches out to the local churches, schools and service organizations to learn about their individual needs. The group shares the information with the churches, businesses, and organizations in the community. The committee then distributes toys, bicycles, gas cards, food cards and clothing to those in need. The committee also provides Christmas dinners for families and luncheons for senior citizens.

Donations will be distributed on Dec. 16-17.

Holiday Helpers has impacted the lives of Keystone Heights, Melrose, Ochwilla, Palatka, Interlachen and Orange Heights. The group has served more than 300 children, 100 families, adults and seniors.

The Knights will host its Senior Citizen Luncheon on Dec. 5 at St. William’s Catholic Church. Local seniors are welcome to enjoy a host of festivities, including a Mass service for shut-in members and seniors.

Lunch will be available, and the Keystone Heights Elementary Chorus group will sing Christmas carols. The event will also feature BINGO and a visit from Santa Claus.

“We’ll have door prizes, and each senior will get a bag that will have socks, a gift card to one of the local fast-food places, and other little things,” Dickinson said.

If you have a need or want to volunteer, call Dickinson at (352) 478-5475.