LDS Church Humanitarian Aid--A Local and Global Endeavor

Along with relief delegations from Humanity First USA and countless other nonprofit organizations, the Church has been involved with humanitarian aid to Peru since the magnitude-8 earthquake that hit August 15th. Some 540 people were killed in the quake, and more than 1600 were left injured. In response, the Church sent a shipment of 80 tons of provisions, including food boxes, medical supplies, and hygiene kits. Elder Russell M. Nelson also visited Peru to give spiritual relief and guidance to Church leaders in Peru. He assured Peruvian Saints that assistance would continue long-term. Locally, Bishop H. David Burton announced the opening of the largest Deseret Industries Thrift Store on August 22, 2007 in Murray, Utah. "This store tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. will join nearly 50 other stores in the western United States and will take its place as a sentinel in the program of assisting the poor and the needy," Bishop Burton said before dedicating the facility. Since its genesis during the Depression of the 1930s, Deseret Industries has provided discounted items to the community. It has also created jobs and, since the 1960s, has emphasized rehabilitation through training employees in need of vocational skills, such as individuals with disabilities. The Church continues to encourage members to donate items in order to continue with this humanitarian effort of services and training. The Church's aid program also recently received publicity from a Colorado newspaper after reporter Electa Draper visited the Aurora, Colorado cannery. In it, she described the aid given to LDS Church members and nonmembers alike. Please visit LDS.org for more information about this article and the statistics of Church humanitarian aid.
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