Mormon Helping Hands Sends Thousands into California Parks

Tens of thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dressed in their distinctive yellow Helping Hands vests and T-shirts, were seen statewide in California 8 May painting, power washing, trail grooming, rebuilding fences, replacing roof shingles and picking up trash.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Church’s Quorum of the Seventy said this latest effort led by Latter-day Saints reinforces their love for cities throughout the state they helped establish in the 1840s.

“We want to follow Jesus Christ’s example of service to others by helping to improve the communities in which we live, especially during these tough economic times for local and state governments.”

An organized corps of at least 70,000 enthusiastic workers partnered with other community volunteers to beautify California’s state, regional and city parks from top to bottom.

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