Two local Knights of Columbus councils presented checks to Richland Newhope’s Gift Fund.
The presentations took place during the monthly meeting of the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Knights of Columbus (K of C) Council 1968 in Shelby raised $3,581.96. On hand for the presentation were Grand Knight Ed Kurtzman and Deputy Grand Knight Don Johnson. During three days this past April, council members collected donations from customers at Cornell’s IGA, Discount Drug Mart, Rite Aid, and the Sportman’s Den.
Also presenting a check for $825.60 were Grand Knight John Lumm and Deputy Grand Knight Richard Doklovic representing K of C Council 8357 at Resurrection Parish in Lexington. This past spring, council members collected donations from customers at Wayne’s Country Market and Geyer’s Market in Lexington and at Walmart on Possum Run Road.
Both of the councils raised the money as part of their annual “Measure Up” campaign, which involves all K of C Councils in Ohio. They’re among several local councils that support Richland Newhope and its programs.
Over the years, money donated to the gift fund has been used to provide various supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, such as the purchase of wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment. Purchases in the past year include a ceiling-mounted patient transfer lift, equipment for an individual to ride horses at Raemelton, burial-related costs for three individuals, and camperships for five boy scouts.
Richland Newhope (Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities) supports more than 1,800 individuals through early intervention, preschool, adult, residential, therapy, transportation, and other family-support programs.
Deputy Grand Knight Richard Doklovic (left) and Grand Knight John Lumm (center) from K of C Council 8357 (Resurrection Parish) present their check to Richland New Hope officials.