Knights of Columbus Donate Dinner for Hypothermia Week

Fairfax County established a hypothermia prevention program 12 years ago to keep homeless people from freezing. Each week, a different faith community hosts homeless guests. This is the tenth year St. John Neumann has hosted the hypothermia prevention shelter and starting from January 15th for a week, guests from FACETS and Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter are invited to have dinner, be entertained and sleep overnight with support from volunteers from several faith-based organizations that included Congregation Beth Emeth, St Mark, and St. Thomas a Becket.

One group is being facilitated by FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services) and the other group facilitated by Northern Virginia Family Services.

The Knights of Columbus Family of Man Council donated a special dinner to the Hypothermia Program at St. John Neumann on Monday, January 16th. Many Knights and four children of the Knights donated their time (70 man-hours) to help cook, serve, clean up and wash dishes for about 70 guests and volunteers. This is the first year that the Council has officially supported the annual Hypothermia week and is hoped to be allowed to continue to support this worthy program in the future.

The Council would like to thank the following Knights and family members who made such a significant donation to the Hypothermia Program and assisted and supported last Monday’s event:

Bob Balog
Grant Buehrig
Tom Carter
Phil Coyle
Bill Free
Martin Graves
Tim Lisko
Jeff Loss
Leo Marier
John Moran
Steve Saiget
Joe Skowronski
Mike Swiger
Paul Watzlavick
Owen Watzlavick
Sarah Watzlavick
Kristian Yangas
Alicia Yangas
Madeline Yangas
Mike Wells
Tom Zorn

Of special note is that several members of our Council will continue to provide their time and talents individually during the remaining portion of Hypothermia Week from which the Council would like to thank them for their donation and continuing commitment to the Knights’ mission of charity.