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St. Veronica Knights’ ‘Diapers and Depends’ drive nets record donations

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For the past five years, members of the Knights of Columbus at St. Veronica Church in Chantilly have been organizing collections of personal hygiene items to assist the rural poor of Madison County and surrounding counties. 

But the Knights’ most recent collection in September, dubbed the “Diapers and Depends” drive, broke the group’s previous records, said Knight Paul Chadowski, who contacted the Catholic Herald recently to report results of the drive featured in an article in August. Chadowski said the drive netted 4,300 pounds of donations — more than double the previous record of 1,866 pounds. He added that many donations came from people outside the parish who told him they had seen the Catholic Herald article and wanted to contribute.

The Knights collected items such as disposable razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and feminine products, which Chadowski noted cannot be purchased with food stamps. The group also received $410 in gift cards and $4,260 in cash donations, which were used to purchase personal hygiene items included in the total. “Considering the challenges of COVID-19, this truly exceeded expectations,” Chadowski said.

Donations benefit the nonprofit Madison Emergency Services Association (MESA), Our Lady of the Blue Ridge Church in Madison and Catholic Outreach for Rural Virginia. 

Other upcoming events include a clothing drive Nov. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. and a workday Dec. 19 preparing Christmas meals to be delivered to 70 Madison County families. 

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For more details on upcoming events, please visit stveronica.net. 


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