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Knights in Coraopolis and Moon brighten holidays for 2 families

| Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 6:11 p.m.
Angel Arnau, 9 1/2, smiles as she unwraps a CD of the band, 'One Direction,' with help from Santa Claus, in her Coraopolis home, Saturday, December 15th, 2012. The Knights of Columbus, Council 2555, teamed up to surprise the Arnau's with Christmas gifts, decorations, and food. Santa is played by Rob Krauchyk Jr., this year for the Knights. Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review

The Knights of Columbus saved Christmas for a Coraopolis family, a grateful father said Saturday.

“I would never think they would choose me and my family,” said Andrew Arnau, 58, who is disabled.

About two dozen Knights with the Local Council 2555, which covers Coraopolis and Moon, donated their own money and gathered donations from local businesses to provide a brighter Christmas for two Coraopolis families, said Fourth Degree Knight Darren Steele.

“There are families out there that can't afford Christmas, and that includes a tree, a meal, clothing, anything,” said Steele, 37, of Coraopolis. “We do this because no one else can help provide them with things we all take for granted.”

Arnau, his wife Karen, 48, and daughter Angelique, 9, received food, presents, and gift cards Saturday.

The Knights gave Janet Hayes, and the grandchildren she is raising, Jamie, 13, and Kevin, 11, gifts as well. Both families also received a tree.

“There's no words for it. I wish I could do something for them,” Arnau said. “The one thing I can do is say, ‘Thank you,' wholeheartedly.”

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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