We help where the need is greatest. Current projects include:
1990: Members of the Harvester Knights of Columbus begin the No Hunger Holiday program. Funded completely by the Knights of Columbus and
contributions from concerned citizens and businesses, this program ensures that needy families in Saint Charles County, Missouri have complete Thanksgiving dinner that they can make in their own
2011: No Hunger Holiday extends its program to Warren County, Missouri.
2012: No Hunger Holiday extends its program to Lincoln County, Missouri.
2013: Harvester Knights of Columbus wins the State of Missouri's Community Service Project Award for its No Hunger Holiday program. The award was presented at the State Convention on Sunday, April 28th.
This campaign is often refered to as the "Ultrasound Initiative." It is a joint effort between the Missouri Knights of Columbus, Vitae Foundation, In His Image Ultrasound, and local pregnancy resource centers. If you would like to help us save lives through this campaign, please consider making a donation through our Facebook fundraiser page shown below.
One of the most popular and successful programs conducted by Knights of Columbus state and local councils for the benefit of people with intellectual disabilities is the fund-raiser in which councils collect donations outside stores, parishes and on street corners. In appreciation, the donor is offered a candy bar, often a Tootsie Roll. The high visibility of this program has led to the campaign being referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive.”
Most of the money collected by the Harvester Knights of Columbus benefits the Missouri Center for Autism next to SSM Cardinal Glennon's main hospital.
A portion of the funds (known as the turn-a-round money), which is given back to us by the Supreme Council is then donated to Wonderland Camp. The mission of Wonderland Camp is to provide a fun, educational camp experience for children, teenagers and adults who have disabilities; to offer a respite from daily care giving for their family members and healthcare workers; and to provide and nurture a personal development experience for volunteers and staff.
Soon after the Harvester Knights of Columbus was chartered, we began hosting Blood Drives at our host parish, Saints Joachim & Ann. We initially partnered with the Red Cross to provide this community service. Later we partnered with and continue to partner with the Mississippi Valley Regional Bank Center.
Please visit our News & Events page and check our calendar for upcoming scheduled blood drives. Your gift can save a life.
The Rose is the symbol for Life.
By distributing Roses and collecting signatures & donations, the Missouri Knights show their strong Pro-Life committment. The signatures are sent to the local/state/US legislators to remind them to stay (or convert to) pro-life. The program is held in January of each year, usually on the Sunday nearest the Jan 22 Roe-V-Wade decision.
Our Council will send your signed Roses to our elected Representative so they'll remember the voters in their district plus the millions of Pro-Life Supporters and voters across our state and nation.
Donations collected by our council through this campaign are given to Mary Queen of Angels, a pro-life organization that provides baby items to mothers in need "free of charge."
We also ask you to pray the Rosary to end abortion and to give your moral support to those people going to the March for Life in D.C. and the Mid-West March for Life in Jefferson City.
- Roadside Cleanup
Our Council has also adopted a section of McClay Road in Saint Charles, which we periodically clean up on a Saturday morning through out the year. Check our News & Events page for our next scheduled cleanup, and help us give back to our community by keeping it clean.
Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 (starting in the fraternal year 2013-2014).
The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state or provincial levels. From there, some make it to the international level for championship competition in their group.
The Harvester Knights host their contest at Saints Joachim and Ann Parish.