Knights of Columbus become Santa for
dozens of families for 25th year
Imagine getting a red fire truck for Christmas,
delivered by a big red fire truck...
LIBERAL -- For 25 consecutive years, Knights of Columbus Council 3381 of Liberal became Santa’s for dozens of families across the region.
The Knights’ annual Toys for Tots collection brought together a host of volunteers to organize and prepare hundreds of donated gifts for nearly 100 homes in Liberal, Satanta, Sublette, Meade, Tyrone, Turpin and Beaver.
Jana Widener, whose husband, Sam has been in the Knights for more than two decades, explained that the Knights’ bingo helps raise money for the toys, and that many toys are donated from the community.
Needy families fill out an application, including the name and age of their children and what they might want for Christmas.
Volunteers, who are not given the names of the families, wrap the presents, place them in a marked black bag, and then deliver them to the homes. This year, area firefighters donated their time and trucks to help make the deliveries. It’s not difficult to imagine the joy of a child after receiving a red fire truck delivered by red fire truck.
In past years, the Knights have delivered toys to more than 250 homes.