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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Farmington and Rosemount KCs Donate Nearly $5,000 To Help Family Affected By House Fire

Farmington and Rosemount Knights of Columbus members donate a check for $4,924 to Kerrie Davis to assist in the costs of rebuilding her home lost in a fire. Pictured left to right are Rosemount Grand Knight Jeff Bunke, Farmington Grand Knight Ed Schultz, Kerrie Davis and Rosemount KC member Mike Matuszewski.

You’ll have to forgive Kerrie Davis if she mistakes local Knights of Columbus members for Christmas Elves, but after two local chapters joined forces to donate nearly $5,000 to help rebuild her home lost in a fire, it’s easy to see why.

A kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Rosemount, Davis and her husband Mark lost their cars and nearly all of their belongs in the devastating fire which consumed their home in Farmington on November 4. Wearing just a robe, Kerrie barely escaped the rapidly moving fire that burned hot enough to incinerate golf clubs.

With the help of family and neighbors, the family has received a few items of clothing.
They also found temporary housing, but the timing couldn’t have been worse so close to the holidays.

But that’s when the elves in the guise of local Knights of Columbus members decided to get involved. The Farmington Knights of Columbus Council 2400 and the Rosemount Knights of Columbus Council 5569 both scheduled pancake breakfasts in December to assist the family. The combination of good food and a good cause was unbeatable and the two councils raised $4,924, which they presented to Kerrie at the Rosemount Knights’ monthly meeting December 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

“This is greatly appreciated,” Kerrie said at the ceremony. “To my entire extended family here at St. Joe’s in Rosemount and St. Michael’s in Farmington, I just want to say Thank You.”

While Kerrie wiped away tears, she recognized a few familiar faces amid the large gathering of Knights. Two of the members in attendance were former students from her 21 years of teaching at St. Joseph’s. “I said I wasn’t going to cry,” She said, “but you are all just so wonderful.”

Davis said she has recovered only a handful of family photos, and is especially mourning the loss of some family keepsakes. She added that the family intends to rebuild the home. In the meantime, donations are still being accepted at the St. Joseph Church Parish office, 3900 Biscayne Avenue West, Rosemount, MN 55068, (651) 423-1658, attention Paula Krekelberg.

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