NORWALK, Conn. -- The residents of the Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk will be a little cozier this winter thanks to the efforts of some local volunteers.
Last month, members of the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 and Sean Mitchell, a student at Fairfield’s Notre Dame Catholic High School, winterized all the windows at the home.
“These residents need comfort during these Connecticut winters, so we lent a helping hand to keep them warm and keep the heating bills down,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.
The volunteers also cleaned up the basement at the 60-bed residence on West Rocks Road.
The nonprofit facility is operated by The Sisters of Saint Thomas of Villanova.
The Knights of Columbus has been assisting Sister Marie Lucie Monast and the home whenever there is a need, from remolding and painting the Convent Chapel, to multiple basement cleanings, yard work and painting.
“Notre Dame … operates on a strict budget so if we can take a little stress away from Sister Lucie and her staff it is well worth it,” said George Ribellino, Jr., past grand Knight and project chairman.
More young folks from St. Matthew Parish plan to lend a hand with future projects at the home.
Ribellino praised Mitchell, a parishioner at St. Matthew, for the job he did on the windows, calling it “awesome.”
Helping out others in need is, the Knights said, a reflection of its founding principles of “charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.”
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