There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.
PIP Days and Knight Hands Replace Fence
Categories: Knight Hands
Our Council’s commitment to helping our community was evident during the City of Duncanville’s PIP Days program on Saturday May 5th, 2018. The project assigned to our Knight Hands team consisted of replacing a dilapidated six feet high wooden fence for a neighbor in need. The fence which enclosed the backyard on two sides spanned roughly about 175 linear feet, requiring 22 fence panels and several new posts. The longer side of the fence along the alley way stood on flat terrain with about a third of it sloping down on a fairly steep incline toward the back of the house. Fortunately for us the rains seized the previous evening and we had clear blue skies and sunny weather for the early Saturday morning work.
The project was deftly coordinated by our Community Activities Director, Dan Murphy, who started the planning for this project weeks in advance. Dan, purchased the materials and with the help of two Knights (Hector and Jorge) had them at the job site two weeks ahead of time. Dan was able to secure the help of sixteen brother Knights for the project. As a result we were able to complete the project on Saturday in about 6 hours, we were done by 2 PM. With 16 knights working that makes a total of 96 man hours.
A big shout out goes to the City of Duncanville executive staff who did a lot of the heavy lifting the weekend before, by removing all the overgrown weeds, brush and trees along the fence line, making our job much easier. The city had also arranged to have the old fence removed by Republic Services and by mid morning all the debris was gone.
Volunteers from the First United Methodist Church on Main St in Duncanville were present to finish cutting and removing the large tree which had fallen in the yard due to recent storms. FUMC Pastor Frank Alegria and his team of helpers demonstrated their skill with chainsaws and made rather quick work of the otherwise labor intensive task. We wish to thank the FUMC volunteers who made and brought us lunch and specially the “Popsicle Lady” who came to our rescue in the hottest part of the day, which really put a smile on our sweaty faces.
A pleasant surprise arrived on a three-wheeled motorcycle when Keith Archer, a Knight-candidate to our Council showed up to help out, even before he was to take his First Degree next Tuesday evening. Keith works with Prison Ministry at Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas, we will be hearing more about Keith in the future.
Our thanks to all the Knight Hands team for another job well done, the team was made up of the following brother Knights:
- Allen Reitmeier
- Dan Murphy
- David Dybala
- Mike Fitzgerald
- Jack Ramsden
- Deacon Al Evans
- Ken Rarick
- Rey Estrellas
- Josh Estrellas
- Arthur Rodriguez
- John Balasa
- Elvis Fajardo
- Jorge Barragan
- Hector Rubio
- Jorge Ruiz