Knights of Columbus to help the people of West, Texas

The Knights of Columbus will send $170,000 to the town of West, Texas, which suffered a fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 that killed 15, injured 160 and damaged or destroyed 150 buildings, according to a press release.

The money is in addition to the $10,000 donated immediately after the explosion to the town, which has 2,800 residents.

The Knights said the money will be disbursed as follows:

–$50,000 to St. Mary’s Catholic School in West for tuition aid and for subsidies to affected or displaced students.

–$50,000 to the West Independent School District to repair damage and to buy a truck.

–$70,000 to buy mattresses for 100 affected families as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s “House in a Box” program, which provides beds, linens and cooking and eating utensils to those affected by the blast.

In addition, Knights of Columbus Council 2305 in West and nearby councils helped in the recovery efforts and volunteered with House in a Box, the release said.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who lost so much in this tragedy,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “It is heartening that in the face of this tragedy, so many good people stepped forward to help their neighbors in need, and we are grateful for the support of our Knights and all those who donated time or money to help the people of West to rebuild their lives.”

The K of C, based in New Haven, is the world’s largest Roman Catholic fraternal organization with more than 1.8 million members worldwide. Last year, Knights donated more than $167 million and 70 million hours to charitable causes, the release said.

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