Below are updates from the Church Newsroom on the Church’s efforts in providing COVID relief in various forms throughout the world:
Project Protect Begins Distributing 5 Million Masks for COVID-19 Relief
Utah’s frontline health care workers are starting to receive clinical face masks that thousands of residents volunteered to assemble as part of an ongoing service initiative organized by Intermountain Health Care and University of Utah Health, in partnership with Latter-day Saint Charities.
Project Protect, the name of the service initiative, aims to provide 5 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Utah health care workers treating COVID-19 patients.
“This is huge, that staff know that they’re going to have enough masks to keep themselves and their patients safe,” said Colleen Connelly, senior nursing director for Clinical Care at University of Utah Health, one of the entities that received a batch of donated face masks.
“It keeps them feeling secure and so touched by the community that the community would stand behind us in this way,” Connelly added.
Shortly after the Church’s First Presidency announced a global effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of humanitarian projects led by Latter-day Saint Charities (the humanitarian arm of the Church) and friends of the faith have continued to unfold around the world.
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Church Donates Cash and Commodities to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to provide relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Church is now distributing cash and commodities in response to an unprecedented number of humanitarian requests around the world.
To date, Latter-day Saint Charities has initiated 280 COVID-19 relief projects in over 80 countries. Within the United States, 15 truckloads of commodities from the Church’s network of bishops’ storehouses are being delivered each week to food banks and other charitable organizations across the country.
$5.5 million of cash donations is also being provided to the following key relief agencies in the U.S.:
- Convoy of Hope (Springfield, Illinois)
They will use the Church’s donation to distribute food to those in need, largely in the Midwest.
“This generous gift came at a pivotal time. Convoy of Hope is well on its way to reaching the goal of delivering 10 million meals to those hit hardest by the coronavirus.” —Hal Donaldson, CEO of Convoy of Hope
- Feeding America (Chicago, Illinois)
This nationwide network of food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters will use this money to assist in the country’s hardest-hit areas.
“We are incredibly thankful for the support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during this time of increased need. Their donation will help provide more meals and other essential resources to people who need them most.” —Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.
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Church Supports COVID-19 Response Efforts in Nigeria
In support of the efforts aimed at curtailing the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 29, 2020 donated personal protective equipment and other basic necessities to the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Health.
The donated items include N95 masks, disposable facemasks, surgical gowns, protective eye shields, disposable hand gloves, hand sanitizers, antiseptic liquid soaps, disposable shoe covers, veronica buckets and tissue papers.
Elder Christian Chigbundu, an Area Seventy in the Africa West Area, led other Church representatives to make the donations on behalf of the Church. While making the presentations, he thanked the Lagos State government for the measures put in place to safeguard the lives of her citizens and expressed gratitude to the various healthcare personnel for their tireless work during this trying period. He stated that the Church was happy to partner with the government in the fight to protect the citizens of Nigeria against this deadly disease.
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