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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is continuing humanitarian and relief projects at a time of great need in Europe. In addition, new online resources were launched to coordinate efforts and reach out to displaced individuals.
These initiatives include the following:
- More than 100 members and friends of the Madrid Central, East, and West congregations volunteered to assist refugees recently relocated to the Madrid area. They gathered non-perishable food, coats, baby items and cleaning products. Church service providers also created labels to identify the care packages in both Spanish and Ukrainian. Almost 400 packages were prepared and delivered.
- In Moldova, Church members are picking up refugees at the Ukraine border and helping them with food, lodging and other necessities. Most of the refugees left their homes, belongings, and sometimes other family members behind to seek refuge. Even small gestures, such as a stuffed animal or blanket, make a big difference to them.
- Meanwhile in Slovakia, Church members have opened their arms and homes to help friends from Kiyv, providing housing for 13 adults including children as young as 18 months.
- In Romania, Church members have been gathering food and supplies, including clothing, diapers, and baby food for distribution to refugees crossing the border from Ukraine. Refugees cross all day long, some by car and some by foot. “The images are heartbreaking,” said Church women’s service leader Carmen Pârnău. “I have seen many mothers with little children that struggled because of the cold weather and extreme exhaustion.” The local women have also organized group activities in which Church members made blankets for refugees. In addition, Latter-day Saints Charities, the charitable arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has supplied 100 cots and 100 sleeping bags to refugee camps.
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