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This holiday season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is collaborating with some 60 faith-based organizations on more than 60 projects to bless over 42,000 children and families in the New York metro area.

At a reception at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on the evening of Monday, November 27, 2023, Latter-day Saints gathered some 130 representatives from these and other organizations to express gratitude for the good they do in the community.

“We want to express our deep appreciation for all of you. The fact that you are helping people is a marvelous thing,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “In my experience, people who feel accountable to God are those who try and reach out and help others because they do feel accountable to God. That is powerful. And I think that in this room we have people who are working day and night to bless our Heavenly Father’s children. We are all sons and daughters of a loving Father in Heaven.”

Elder David L. Buckner, an Area Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ, thanked the gathered faith representatives for their commitment to unity and serving those most in need.

“There’s far too much noise out there that suggests people of faith are no longer able to come together and matter,” Elder Buckner said. “I can witness to you tonight in what I see here: Not only does it matter — it is the foundation of what will truly make change in the future. You do so much that often is not seen. I want to thank you for your commitment to seek out people who are discouraged, who are brokenhearted, who are lost. I want to thank you for your example of faith and demonstration that faith really matters.”

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