Thanksgiving Thank You to Homeless Veterans from Streamwood Knights

  • Walter Niemczyk, Gary Pappin, GK, John Dixon, MSHV, Louis Neri Presenting Check along with donated itemsMSHV Staff

    Walter Niemczyk, Gary Pappin, GK, John Dixon, MSHV, Louis Neri Presenting Check along with donated itemsMSHV Staff

Gary Pappin
Updated 12/10/2020 8:45 AM

Since its beginnings, the Knights of Columbus has supported active military personnel and our veterans. This Thanksgiving, Mary's Millennium Knights of Columbus Council #12801 of Streamwood, IL, continued that tradition by hosting a fundraiser for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans.

The Knights support the shelter throughout the year, and normally collect household items at their Christmas party, instead of buying gifts for each other. Due to the pandemic, the annual party would not be held, therefore, the Knights appealed to their parish, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Streamwood, to fill the void. The parish responded overwhelming donating cash, gift cards, and household items totaling more than $5,000, including two truckloads of new household items.


John Dixon, Veteran Fulfillment Manager Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans said, "We are so thankful for all of the donations and generosity of the Knights of Columbus. It is assuring to know that the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans has such amazing support."

The two deliveries were made to the shelter before Thanksgiving. We learned that due to the donations, MSHV was able to include $100 in food gift cards to each veteran visiting the shelter prior to Thanksgiving, in addition to their requested household items.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all our donors who made this fundraising event a success. We owe our veterans a huge thank you for their service. It warms our heart to see this overwhelming response from our parish.

Mary's Millennium Council is celebrating 20 years of service to our church and community this December. To learn more about what we do visit the Knights website ( You can also leave a message at the parish office, 630-837-6500. Visit us on Facebook ( Visit our donation site to donate to our current charitable causes.

Thank you for remembering our Veterans in your prayers and also for your support of our work with MSHV. Visit their website ( to learn more about their mission to End Veteran Homelessness.


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