Holy Family Parish in New Albany had the largest turnout, with 31 youths and their parents participating in the Mass and breakfast.
Sara Raelson, youth minister of the parish for the past five years, says she felt “humbled” by the generosity of the Knights.
“I was humbled, really, that they want to invest in this experience,” she says. “I think it meant a lot to the kids. Sometimes they kind of feel that their involvement [in the Church] isn’t appreciated. … That these adults wanted to have this Mass and breakfast for them, and put themselves out there and say, ‘We value you, and we value what you’re going to bring to our Church and our faith,’ was really amazing.”
Raleson says the $100 per youth can affect whether or not a person is able to attend NCYC.
“We have a cost of about $550 per kid,” she explains. “They have to do fundraising. If they don’t reach that total, they won’t be able to go.
“This [donation] made the experience reachable for some of these kids. We have a couple sibling groups. One family is sending three kids. The cost can add up for some families. [The kids] were all really grateful.”
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