ORLANDO | Grand Lady Yvonne Braham (St. Francis of Assisi, Apopka) of the Knights of Peter Claver of the Diocese of Orlando Ladies Auxiliary Court 352, came to Catholic Charities of Central Florida to donate a check for $600 on behalf of the fraternal organization. She was accompanied by Gretchen Demps Simmons (St. Andrews Parish, Orlando), financial secretary and Nettie Levett (Annunciation Parish, Altamonte Springs), treasurer.
The Knights help the Church through volunteer and charitable projects. Catholic Charities President, Gary Tester, assured the women that the funds will go directly to the Bahamas. Catholic Charities is working with Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau, in coordinating recovery efforts on the islands, noting that just this week, 30,000 lbs. of supplies were shipped. He explained that, although people feel good about sending food and supplies, the ideal donation is funds so that, “They can use it when they need it, for what they need it, where they need it.” Due to widespread devastation, the ability to store supplies is extremely limited. Fiscal resources enable greater flexibility in providing relief.
The Knights of Peter Claver of the Diocese of Orlando Ladies Auxiliary is made up of women from more than 10 parishes in the diocese. “When we have a country like the Bahamas that is in such dire need, we always like to help and send them something,” says Braham.
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic October 2, 2019