LIMA — The Knights of Columbus, Loyalty Council 2661, presented the ARC of Allen County with a donation of $3,300 Thursday. The funds were generated by a combination of member donations and a community collection held at the Eastgate and Cable Road Chief Supermarkets.
“We have a ‘Gimme5’ campaign,” Grand Knight Tom McClellan said. “When members are sending in their dues, we ask them to include an extra $5 for our friends here. We also do what we call the ‘Measure Up’ campaign, where we solicit donations at the Chief Supermarkets. We usually bring in $700 to $800 to supplement our member donations.”
This donation continues a long relationship between the Knights of Columbus and the ARC, one of its flagship charities.
“This is probably one of the longest-running relationships we’ve had,” McClellan said. “This isn’t just in Allen County. It’s throughout the state of Ohio.”
For the ARC, these funds will help offset operating expenses and provide funding for its programs, designed to aid those in the area with developmental disabilities.
“We don’t receive any tax dollars, but are supported by the United Way,” ARC director Brad Perrott said. “We’ll utilize this for our three programs. We have our day care, which runs year-round, and in the summer, we have day camps for ages 4 to 21 and weekend camps for adults. So we’ll utilize these funds to offset the cost for those programs, so the fees to the people don’t have to be quite so high.”
“It’s a win-win,” McClellan said.