Being handed a roll of this candy is a reminder that you can make a difference in the lives of women facing crisis pregnancies.
The familiar Life Saver candy was invented in 1912 by Clarence Crane of Garrettsville, Ohio. He was looking for a hard-candy alternative to chocolate that melted during hot Ohio summers. Their shape was similar to life rings used on boats and around swimming areas. As they became popular, a roll of the candies was a "lifesaver" for the occasional sweet-tooth attack.
A New Meaning.
In recent years, the word "Lifesaver" has taken a more literal meaning. Knights of Columbus members, across the nation, don their familiar aprons and meet parishioners at church doors, after Mass, with the cash-can in hand. Being handed a roll of the candy is a reminder that you can make a difference in the lives of women facing crisis pregnancies.
The difference an ultrasound machine makes is frequently the difference between a mother keeping or aborting her baby. It is hard to deny the humanity of an unborn baby when confronted with a face, a nose, a heart, ten fingers and ten toes. In October of 2019, the Knights of Columbus announced that it's Ultrasound Initiative has placed 1,134 ultrasound machines — valued at more than $54 million — in all 50 states, Mexico, Canada and countries in South America and Africa. Thousands of babies have been saved and and the lives of countless mothers, fathers, and families have been enhanced thanks to the work of the Knights.
Closer to home, the Kansas State Council has set a 2019-2020 goal of raising $450,000 in donations for Culture of Life organizations and/or the Ultrasound Initiative. Local Life Saver Sunday proceeds support clinics such as A Better Choice Pregnancy Center in Wichita. 
So remember, when you see a Knight in the apron, with his can, ... digging into your pocket a little deeper will make a difference!
1. Source: Kansas State Council 2019 - 2020 Program & Membership Guide.
Photo is from KofC.org "Building a Culture of Life." (2019)
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