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Relief Society in Action highlights the volunteer service of Latter-day Saint women in their communities around the world. The Relief Society is an organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for women aged 18 and older. It has more than 7.1 million members and is one of the largest women’s organizations in the world. Today we feature news from the Philippines, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia, Australia and French Polynesia.
‘Action of the Heart’ Helps Women with Breast Cancer in French Polynesia
In French Polynesia, Relief Society sisters banded together to make heart-shaped pillows for Amazones Pacific, an organization that supports women with breast cancer. This “Action of the Heart” service activity was put together by women in several congregations in Pā’ea, Tahiti. More than 200 pillows were sewn and prepared for women recovering from breast cancer treatment. When placed under the arm, these pillows help relieve post-operative pain by reducing surgery-caused tension. “We called on your Relief Society organization because we know that you help a lot of people and associations in need,” said Noelina Gooding, the vice president of Amazones. Gooding thanked, “the Church for their contribution and this beautiful action of the heart to help women suffering from breast cancer.”
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Women From the Church of Jesus Christ in Montevideo, Uruguay, Serve Local School
To commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Relief Society organization, women in Montevideo, Uruguay, held a service activity at a local school. Volunteers painted playground equipment and benches in the school’s courtyard. The school serves nearly 250 children, providing not only an education but also meals.
The Relief Society Presidency of the Montevideo North Stake (a group of congregations) also met with the school’s director to explain the purpose of the organization and give her a copy of the Book of Mormon.
Click here to learn more on Spanish Newsroom about this heartfelt act of service.
Sydney Latter-day Saint Women Support Local Women’s Shelter
In celebration of the Relief Society organization’s 180th anniversary, women of the Freshwater Ward (local congregation) in Sydney, Australia, collected donations for a local women’s shelter. They gathered much-needed toiletries, and personal hygiene and hair care items for the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter, a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on community support. It provides crisis accommodation, support and safety for women who are without a home due to abuse, financial strife or other reasons.
Click here to read more about how the Relief Society in Sydney helps those in need.
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