Seven and a half years ago, the Knights of Columbus Councils and Assemblies in the Trenton Diocese under the direction of NJ State Council Secretary Jim Stoever, and managed by the Trenton Diocese Federation of Knights, initiated a program that pays the transportation costs of active duty military personnel to return home for Christmas.
Our primary focus is the joint base of McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst, given their large population of service personnel, which includes the Army, Navy, Coast Guard & Marines. We work with the base Chaplains, Officers & NCOs in identifying recipients. The only restriction for applicants is that their rank can be no higher than an E3 – junior enlisted personnel.
The program has been an overwhelming success, as has been the outpouring of thanks and appreciation from the men and women we have sent home. Over $300,000 has been donated over the past seven years. This has enabled us to purchase round trip bus, train, and plane tickets for 585 Airmen, Sailors, Coast Guard, and Marines who would not have been able to get home for Christmas without our help.
James E. Stoever, State Secretary
“Send a Hero Home for the Holidays”
Donations are accepted year round, however since the majority of our expenses are the two months prior to the holidays, we would appreciate your gifts as soon as possible. This allows us to get the best fares and no, the airlines provide us no help or benefits.
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Please use this form to send a donation to the program.
Make checks payable to “Knights of Columbus, Trenton Federation” and include “Send a Hero Home” in the memo area.
Council/Assembly Name & Number________________________
Mailing Address _______________________________________
GK/FN Name __________________________________________
Amount of Donation ____________________________________
Return this form along with your donation to:
William Horton, FDD
P.O. Box 175
Keyport, NJ 07735
The success of this program is solely dependent on your generosity. The average ticket costs us $500, so every dollar counts. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Thomas Ponting, FDD of the K of C Trenton Federation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-695-5081.