Knights help Wounded Warrior Leave Program

The Knights of Columbus Council #15085, from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville, collected funds for North Carolina Province’s  wounded warrior program the Sunday before Veteran’s Day. The program, in conjunction with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, is raising funds to help send hospitalized veterans at Fort Bragg and Camp LeJeune home to spend Christmas with their families. Tax deductible donations may be made to “M.O.P.H.” and delivered to any Knight of Columbus in our area. For information about the program or to mail a donation, read more…


Knights 15085 Wounded Warrior Project

HONORING WOUNDED WARRIORS — Members of St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville and Knights of Columbus from the parish participated in fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project. Pictured, from left, are Mary Anne Yurko and Knights Joe Yurko, Rusty Heuer, U.S. Navy Master Chief (ret.) Chris Amsler and Bob Mateja. ~Photo by Paul Viau

Wounded Warrior Leave Program

The Knights of Columbus in the DeSoto Province, N.C. S.C. GA. FL. PR. have been involved with the Wounded Warrior Christmas Leave Program. since 2006. The program raises funds to send Wounded Warriors from every state and some foreign countries, home for the Christmas Holiday. These Wounded Warriors are living in Barracks next to the Base Hospital. These Warriors are injured but are not required to be confined to the Hospital. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Program is administered by the Jacksonville, NC Military Order of the Purple Heart.gram.

What is the Program?

The program, through donations of citizens and organizations, (K of C, parishes, business, etc), raises funds to send military men and women, who have lost limbs or suffered other major injuries while in harms way, home for Christmas leave. No overhead costs are assessed against these funds and all moneys donated are used to send combat wounded members home.

Who Administers the Program?

The Jacksonville, NC Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart accepts donations throughout the year then coordinates approved leave status for each of the Wounded Warriors, purchases the necessary round-trip transportation tickets and ensures these brave men and women get home to their families for Christmas.

What If More Funds Are Collected Than Necessary?

This does not happen very often. Last year we actually had individuals donate to help with extra trips home.

How Can I Help?

Donations made to this program are tax deductible since this Military Order of the Purple Heart is a 501C3 Tax Status. Everyone who donates by check will receive a receipt from the MOPH, for Tax Purposes. Checks should be made out to “M.O.P.H.” with “Wounded Warrior Leave” listed in the Memo Section of the check.

Where Do I Send My Money?

To facilitate coordination, checks from Knights of Columbus Councils and Assemblies are to be sent to:
SK Robert J. Singer
2506 Canal Drive
Wilson, NC 27896-1326

This allows recording of all KofC donations to the program as well as forwarding to the MOPH on a timely basis.
*In WAYNESVILLE, you can give your check to any Knight of Columbus and he will deliver to the appropriate address.

In 2011 the Knights of Columbus in the DeSoto Province raised $81,311. This accounted for 20% of the Total Collections last year. Since 2006 the Knights of Columbus have raised $343,148, not including the 2012

Please help us assist these brave men and women who come from all walks of life and serve in the various branches, who have volunteered to protect our freedom and made tremendous sacrifices for our country.

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