- Church volunteers bring hope in the wake of disasters
- Something as small as a school kit makes a big difference to its recipients
Through projects ranging from volunteer cleanup efforts after disasters to assembling bags of school supplies and donating them to underfunded schools, the Church and its members make a positive difference in lives throughout the world. Every year, the Church’s Welfare Services Department receives many notes expressing gratitude for the assistance given by the Church and its members. The following are excerpts from a few of these notes.
“In times of crisis, it is reassuring to know that not only God walks with you, but so do His people.”
—A volunteer in Northwood, North Dakota, in response to supplies sent after the August 2007 EF4 tornado strike.
“It amazes me that people are not forgotten in times of need. Please know that your kindness will not be forgotten, either.”
—A family who received a cleaning bucket after their Bridge City, Texas, home was destroyed by Hurricane Gustav in September 2008.
“Your church has brought back our hope, because we know there are people out there who care enough to help us rebuild our shattered homes and hearts.”
—A family who received hygiene kits and a cleaning bucket after their Beaumont, Texas, home was severely damaged by Hurricane Rita in September 2005.
“I thank God every night for sending you special people to help.”
—A St. Bernard, Louisiana, family who was helped by Church members after losing everything in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August and September 2005.
“Thank you so much for putting kitchen necessities in the FEMA trailers for those of us made homeless by this disaster. You have been a true blessing.”
—A family that had to move into a FEMA trailer after their Bridge City, Texas, home was flooded by Hurricane Ike in September 2008.
“Receiving the school supplies was like having Christmas in March. Thank you for thinking of our students.”
—An Arkansas teacher whose students received bags of school supplies provided by the Humanitarian Center in March 2009.
“Thank you for caring so much at a time when help was needed.”
—An anonymous note from an individual affected by Hurricane Ike in September 2008.
“Our family and community want you to know that your continued presence after our disaster was our beacon of light.”
—A Munster, Indiana, family whose neighborhood received assistance after being flooded in September 2008.