(L-R) Special Olympics Coach Jim McGovern, LAMB Director N. Chris Amsler Sr., Special Olympian N. Chris Amsler II, Haywood County Special Olympics Director Jim Gatens, and Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza.
At the recent, Annual Special Olympics Athlete and Major Benefactors luncheon, N. Chris Amsler II steals the spotlight, and the plaque, presented by HCSO Director Jim Gatens to Knights of Columbus Council 15085. For the second year in a row LAMB Drive efforts have allowed contributions to the Special Olympics of Haywood County, and the ARC of Haywood at this luncheon. The Funds prove vital in assisting with the continuation of needed social, exercise, and assisted living venues for the developmentally disabled members of Haywood County. Additional funds collected during the 2012 LAMB drive will be contributed to Camp Ability and Waynesville Middle School Exceptional Children Department in the coming weeks as well.
The annual LAMB drive effort is the Knights of Columbus’ largest Charity operation. LAMB is an acronym for Least Among My Brethren. This comes from the words of Jesus in Matthew 25: 31-40 when Jesus speaks of our final judgment. To paraphrase, Jesus states the righteous will be welcomed into his kingdom because they fed, clothed, welcomed, and visited him in prison when he was a stranger. When questioned as to when they did these things, Jesus replied, What you have done for the Least Among my Brethren, you have done also for me.
(L-R) LAMB Director N. Chris Amsler Sr., Special Olympian N. Chris Amsler II, Haywood County Special Olympics Director Jim Gatens