Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Contributes To Humanitarian Aid

Monday, March 4, 2019 - by Phil Smartt

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its annual LDS Charities report.  LDS Charities is the humanitarian arm of the Church.  Last year, LDS Charities worked with more than 1,900 partners and assisted with 2,885 projects in 141 countries.  Local members of the Church in the greater Chattanooga area contributed via donations and volunteer hours.  

Projects included responding to floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons – at home and abroad.  LDS Charities provided food security assistance, maternal and newborn care, clean water and sanitation, immunization, wheelchairs, and more.  “Since 1985, LDS Charities has provided over $2.2 billion in assistance worldwide, including cash, commodities and in-kind donations in 197 countries and territories,” the Church states.  The full report can be viewed at https://www.ldscharities.org/pages/2018-lds-charities-annual-report

The report represents how small offerings can make a big impact.  Funding comes from members and friends of the Church who give of their means in whatever way they can.  None of the funding comes from government grants or large corporate donations. Additionally, one hundred percent of donations to LDS Charities go to projects dedicated to humanitarian aid efforts. Overhead costs are fully paid by the Church.  

LDS Charities gives assistance “without regard to race, religious affiliation or nationality.”  The purpose of the organization is to relieve suffering – to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, to visit the sick and afflicted, to mourn with those who mourn. In essence, our purpose is to do as Jesus would do – to go about doing good.   

As reported by the Church, “more than one million workdays of labor are contributed each year by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives.” The Chattanooga Stake of the Church is pleased to be a small part of this enormous effort to advance good across the globe.  Local Church members have participated in clean-up efforts in response to hurricanes and tornados in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, and beyond.  

To learn more about LDS Charities, please visit at https://www.ldscharities.org.  To participate in the upcoming Women’s Day of Service on Saturday, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chattanooga, please join us at 9:30 a.m. at 3067 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, or register at lds.regfox.com/dayofservice.  


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