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Church donates $4 million for European refugee aid

Refugees at the Krakovets Polish border crossing on March 4, 2022.
WFP/Marco Frattini |

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given $2 million each to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Program (WFP) to help those displaced by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

$2 Million for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This gift from the Church will help an estimated 40,000 displaced families.

“As the world watches the heartbreaking events in Ukraine unfold, I am still able to find moments of hope because dedicated organizations like Latter-day Saint Charities chose to step up and support refugees during their greatest time of need,” said Anne-Marie Grey, CEO of USA for UNHCR. “This emergency gift ensures that families fleeing the horrific violence in Ukraine will continue to receive the care and shelter they need after harrowing journeys. This gift is so much more than just a fleece blanket or warm place to sleep for a refugee family. It shows families fleeing that there is still a compassionate global community ready to help."

► You may also like: How Church members are helping eastern European refugees

$2 Million for the World Food Program (WFP)

The Church’s donation will help the WFP provide food for some 11,000 people for four months.

The WFP’s goal is to reach more than 3 million people inside Ukraine. The organization is also working with UNHCR to assist the 2.5 million people who have fled to other countries. WFP teams are on the ground leading emergency telecommunications and logistics on behalf of the United Nations.

You can read more about these donations and what the Church is doing to provide aid in Eastern Europe on Church Newsroom.

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