They’d hoped for more, but the Oregon Knights of Columbus took in $200 during a June 6 drive-through donation campaign for parishes in the western part of the state.

Parishes are suffering from the pandemic as collections drop sharply. With only 25 people allowed in each Mass, fewer faithful are making offerings that keep parish good works moving.

Knights manned drive-up stations at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Matthew Church in Hillsboro and got a light response. The organization said that the COVID-19 economic slump may mean people are cautious about giving and that protests may have kept people at home. But parish need is still there, said Ken Anderson, state warden for the Knights who made a donation and staffed a booth at the cathedral.

“A lot of people aren’t able to come and put money in the collection plate,” Anderson said, adding that parishes still need to do their good works and pay their bills. Anderson said the Knights decided to “step into the breach.”

The donations will go to the Archdiocese of Portland fund for parishes in need.