The Knights of columbus set a new all-time record for charitable donations and service hours. More than $167 million and 70 million hours donated to charity in 2012. In a June 24th statement supreme Knight Carl Anderson said "throughout its 131 years, the Knights of columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle" Anderson also stated "With so many people enduring great hardship the Knights of Columbus is happy to provide solutions to real peoples problems through this great outpouring of charity by our members over the past year" the Knights financial contribution for the year grew by more than $9.4 million to $167,549,817. Contributions increased for the 13th consecutive year. the number of volunteer service hours also rose by nearly 64,000 hours from the 2011 total to 70,113,207 hours. notable beneficiaries included Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and victims of natural disasters, local food banks, the economical disadvantaged and physically and intellectually disabled persons. Scholarships and educational support as well as a variety of church and community projects were also prominent among the many initiatives sponsored by local K of C councils such as our own 347. the survey also noted more than 420,000 blood donations during 2012.