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Family fact of the week for Hurricane Sandy: Religion promotes volunteering, charitable giving

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 12:36 p.m. MDT

Oct. 31, 2012, LDS Missionaries help out with the cleanup effort in New York after Hurricane Sandy tore up the East Coast.  (LDS Church) Oct. 31, 2012, LDS Missionaries help out with the cleanup effort in New York after Hurricane Sandy tore up the East Coast. (LDS Church)

Our take: Those that aren't religious are more likely to donate one-third less time and money than those that are religious, according to Rachel Sheffield, from The Heritage Foundation. Sheffield analyzes why religious people volunteer more:

Hurricane Sandy dealt widespread destruction to multiple cities across the East Coast this week. The storm––cited as the largest in generations––took numerous lives and left in its wake heart-rending scenes of demolished homes and flooded city streets.

In the aftermath of the devastation, many faith-based and community organizations have wasted no time in extending assistance to those affected by Sandy's wrath, as happens time and again when disasters strike.

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