The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE.
Tahiti: Latter-day Saints Sew Over 8,000 Masks for Fellow Citizens
In April, members of the Pape’ete Tahiti Stake set a goal to sew 8,000 masks to protect against COVID-19. The project has since produced over 8,400 masks, which were presented to the mayor of Pape’ete, Michel Buillard, on July 31.
“This action is a way for our members to be part of the solution for our mayor and to protect our society, especially the citizens of our capital city,” said Bruno Ercoli, stake president.
The Pacific Newsroom (English) reported that Mayor Buillard expressed gratitude for the delivery. “We have had a long relationship with the Pape’ete Stake, but this kind of partnership is a first!” he said. “We are grateful for this assistance as now we are ready and better prepared.”
Guatemala: Latter-day Saints Participate in Solidarity Hearts Campaign to Provide Food for Families of COVID-19 Patients
The Guatemala Newsroom (Spanish) announced that 1,000 bags of food and personal hygiene items were delivered by representatives of the Corazones Solidarios (Solidarity Hearts) campaign to the Mayor of Guatemala City, Ricardo Quiñónez, in early August. The bags were intended for families of COVID-19 patients and had been procured by the Church, Emisoras Unidas, the Rotary Emergency Committee and Hospital Los Ángeles, among other campaign participants.
“Today an important group of good neighbors represented by different companies and the Church give testimony that if we unite, we achieve results for the benefit of the families of our city,” said Mayor Quiñónez.
Singapore: Donation of Care Packages Delivered to Senior Citizens
In July, Latter-day Saint volunteers, in partnership with the Lions Befrienders (a social service agency), delivered 146 care packages for seniors living in the Ang Mo Kio residential district in Singapore. The packages contained hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, surface cleaners and vitamin C tablets.
In an interview with Newsroom Singapore (English), Liney Mae, a young volunteer who participated in the drop-off, said, “Service changes people. It refines, purifies, gives a finer perspective and brings out the best in each one of us. It gets us looking outward instead of inward.”
Japan: Vehicles Sent to Assist in Typhoon Cleanup
To assist recovery efforts following Typhoon No. 19, the Japan Newsroom (Japanese) announced that a small fleet of vehicles was donated to Hitachi Omiya City by the Church. Typhoon No. 19 devastated the Kanto region in October 2019, leaving 90 people dead or missing, over 70,000 houses flooded, and an additional 4,000 homes destroyed.
Meetings of city councils and social welfare representatives have been held weekly since the disaster to discuss the needs of impacted families and to coordinate relief efforts with other organizations. Local Church leaders participate in the meetings.
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