By Melissa Burnor
When the Light of Christ Knights of Columbus organization first formed in Blissfield in 1981, a trio of men – Ron Coopshaw, Rudy Mirelez (pictured center) and Doug Winkler – were looking for something to do to contribute to the community.
Through shared faith, personal history, a desire to serve the community and a need in the community, the fledgling group decided to help those who might need a little extra during the holidays.
Mirelez said an event in his own life as a young boy is present in his mind during the holiday season as the Knights prepare the baskets for hundreds of people in the area.
What started out as an effort that helped just a handful of households in the Blissfield community the first year has grown into a remarkable endeavor that has helped in some years more than 100 families in southeastern Lenawee County and has the support of many other community service organizations and community members in the area. Food, household and toiletry items have been purchased or donated and organized and are ready to go to at least 87 households on Sunday afternoon.
Read more about how this Knights of Columbus food drive has unfolded throughout the years in the Dec. 19, 2012, big Christmas edition of The Advance.