Vol. 4, 2016-2017
Have you ever prayed to be disabled?
Of course, you have not. In fact, when somebody is hurt or faces an illness the prayers are for recovery.
When I was blinded, a personnel officer in the Air Force stated to me that everyone has problems! How true. How dismissive.
I can most certainly tell you that I prayed. I prayed to be able to see my children’s faces again. I prayed to be able to find a very talented doctor who could restore my sight.My disability was a life-altering disability, not a life-threatening disability.Another challenge is a disability of immobility.
How about a challenge — every knight donates $15 a month to buy a wheelchair for your community? Here is my challenge, each month you or your family create a game and put money in a jar. Your kids can help, or if your single take your change or $4.75 a week and put it in a wheelchair fund jar.
Wheelchairs cost from the American wheelchair Mission, $150. At the end of the year, or if you put in $15 a month at the end of 10 months you will be able to purchase a wheelchair.
The Texas Knights of Columbus and the order are both working with the American Wheelchair Mission. Chris Lewis, the son of Jerry Lewis, is very active and a leader of this project. Chris is also a fellow knight. Not only does the Texas State Council have a wheelchair director, but Chris Lewis also has a program where he may personally come to your church and present a moving presentation of how the wheelchairs change lives. Thus your parish can be involved in the wheelchairs
If every knight in Texas could donate $150 for a wheelchair for a person in need and then direct the wheelchair be put in your community, you would be helping a person with a disability. My idea is to involve your family and make it a fun game that ultimately provides charity, unity, and fraternity not only among your family but benefits a disabled person in need.
Deliver process — 2 options:
Buy a container and your council may direct location of delivery —
How do you get a wheelchair — If a Council or a Diocese wants to have wheelchairs available for the local community they have to purchase a container.The container will be shipped to an individual who will be responsible for the storage and disbursement.A small container of 110 chairs is $18,700 and a large container with 280 chairs is $42,000.
Buy less than a container —
If your council or Diocese does not buy a container — $150 is used to provide a chair to someone by The American Wheelchair Mission.
Texas State Council’s point of contact is Bill Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org, who can also help you with wheelchair presentations at your parish, council, or hall.
Additionally, the same concept could be used to purchase ultrasound’s to protect our unborn — the most defenseless. If we all did this 109,000+ Knights of Columbus in the State of Texas this would generate approximately $19,620,000 in purchase over 785 ultrasound machines! The order now has a preferred seller for ultrasounds and the price is dropping. Think of the future boys and girls who live — our future.
Respectfully and fraternity
SK Robert B. “Bob” Goss
Texas State Council
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