Thousands of Mormon Volunteers Lend a Hand in California and Hawaii

Over 65,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with other community volunteers on Saturday, 30 April 2011, for the annual Mormon Helping Hands Day in California and Hawaii. In California, volunteers helped with 319 projects, saving the financially struggling state an estimated $4.5 million.

In San Diego, 150 volunteers helped clean 3,000 headstones at the Fort Rosecrans Memorial Park, a veterans' cemetery.

“This is a great opportunity to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of our country and serve those who have served us,” said James Morris, who brought his four children to help with the project.

Volunteer Judy Anderson agreed. “This is meaningful,” she said. “I was excited to come this morning and happy to be doing this for those who died for us. It’s a labor of love.”

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