Knights of Columbus volunteered like never before in 2010

Volunteers with the Knights of Columbus dish out a hot lunch for victims and cleanup crews in the tornado-devastated town of Hackleburg, Ala., May 7. (CNS photo/Mary D. Dillard, One Voice)

Volunteering and charitable donations are up among Knights of Columbus members.

The worldwide organization reports that its members spent more than 70 million hours volunteering for charitable causes in 2010. That’s an increase of nearly 800,000 hours.

Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and the Global Wheelchair Mission were among the organizations benefiting most from knights stepping forward to offer their time and talent.

As for donations, the organization’s Supreme Council and state and local affiliates contributed $154.6 million to charitable causes in 2010, an increase of about $3 million from the previous year.

A breakdown shows that state and local affiliates donated $125.5 million of the total while the Supreme Council donated a little more than $29 million.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a press release that the increases occurred despite the struggling economy that plagued the country — including some members — during 2010. “Knights have stepped up as never before to meet the needs of their neighbors,” he said.

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