Odds and Ends: LDS volunteers serving communities

Published: Monday, April 23 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Members of the LDS Church in Sacramento, Calif., join in a service project in their community. Other Mormons are participating in similar projects around the country.

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People in communities across the country are engaging in service projects this spring that will benefit and beautify their communities.

Among the countless volunteers and organizations performing service are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Latter-day Saints in Sacramento, Calif., were part of a massive effort to clean up a local park, as captured on film by ABC Channel 10.

"Between 800 and 1,000 volunteers painted, built new barbecue pits and restored benches and picnic tables, among other things," the Channel 10 report stated.

Young women, ages 12-18, along with their mothers and LDS leaders, recently gathered in Rancho Cucamonga to donate non-perishable food items, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The items were put into "weekend backpacks" by Hope (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) Closet, a local charitable organization that supports schoolchildren and provides resources for students of homeless or low-income families.

The Daily Post Athenian (Tennessee) reported that "an army" of volunteers came together to remove graffiti, pick up trash and remove weeds. The event was sponsored by the LDS Church.

A number of service projects and events are scheduled to take place on April 28.

The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., reports four projects are planned that day in Calimesa for the annual "Mormon Helping Hands event." More than 60,000 volunteers are expected to participate. The main project will be weed abatement on the road to Mesa View Middle School.

Florida's Treasure Coast news site said a bicycle drive, sponsored by the LDS Church, will be part of a day of service there on April 28.

Also on April 28, Diamond Bar, Calif., residents from all corners of the city will gather at Ronald Reagan Park for the annual Community Helping Hands event. All faiths are invited to work on a painting project at the park.

The Fontana Herald News (California) said members of the LDS Church will participate in a two-day event April 27-28. Their goals include improving the Fontana community garden and the restoration of the Pepper Street House Museum.

Members in Fort Walton (Destin, Fla.) will discuss hurricane preparedness, assemble disaster supply kits and work to clean homes in the area.

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