Knights Christmas Toy Drive Honoring Diseased Parishioner
Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK
Elias Wezowicz was a member of St. Anthony’s parish who, at the age of 9, passed away from mitochondrial disease
in November 2015. He loved to attend mass when he was well enough and prayed every night for others suffering
from illness. One night shortly before he went into the hospital for the last time, Elias shared with his Dad when
asked what he wanted for Christmas. He said “I really just wish Santa would bring toys to all the kids that don’t have
any.” The Knights of Columbus lent its support and enlisted the parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Westbrook,
ME and conducted an unwrapped new toy collection as part of the Joy of Sharing Campaign in honor of this brave
young man who even though he had many challenges of his own, he cared a great deal for other children.
For four consecutive weekends (November 16th/December 8th) a collection of unwrapped new toys was held at St. Anthony’s
Parish. The parishioners became very involved in this effort and donated a total 350 new unwrapped toys. The toys
were given to the Joy of Sharing campaign and were distributed by the Salvation Army to local families in need. Due
to the phenomenal success for the second year in a row this toy drive the Westbrook Council will keep this as an annual event.