Long before The General Church Welfare Committee was established, in 1936, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were volunteering and donating items to help those in need. The welfare program was established to foster self-reliance, help the poor and needy and encourage service to others. Since 1985, 179 countries have received humanitarian aid, with the value at about $1.4 billion, according to lds.org The following include various charitable services the Church rendered from 2010 to 2012, according to articles from lds.org.
Eastern Africa has been enduring one of the largest famines they've had in years.
The Church continues to be involved with other charities such as International Medical Corps and International Relief and Development to bring in supplies and create facilities for those that live in Eastern Africa, according to an LDS.org article.
Support includes: sanitation supplies and facilities, hygiene training and nutrition centers, water tanks and catchment, storage structures and medical facilities.
The charities have also provided food supplements for about 8,700 children, many 500-gallon water tanks were taken to 22 sites, about 5,000 hygiene kits and medical care for over 9,000 people, according to the article.
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Hurricane Irene slammed the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States in the the late summer of 2011.
More than 7,000 Church members volunteered to help with cleanup and bringing in 120 relief supplies to those in need. Members also rendered 50,000 hours of service, according to lds.org.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides ongoing humanitarian and welfare efforts to those in need.
For example, at Welfare Square, in Salt Lake City, there are 4,000 loaves of bread made weekly, according to an lds.org article. The loaves are delivered to Western States such as Utah, Colorado, California and Idaho to help feed those that are hungry.
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After the Tsunami hit in Japan in 2011, the Church responded right away, and continues to volunteer and donate hours of service.
Since 2011, about 25,000 members offered over 120,000 hours of service and donated over 200 tons of goods, according to lds.org.
Water, blankets, bedding, hygiene supplies, clothing and fuel were among the items donated, said the article.
The Church made donations to Japan Red Cross and three other prefectures that were affected, according to an article on lds.org.
Months after the tsunami, the Church continued to offer help.
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Just a couple of months into 2012 the United States had a rude awakening when 100 tornadoes ripped through 12 states in a matter of four days.
The Church provided cleaning and hygiene kits, generators for those that had lost power and other basic supplies were distributed. Cleanup crews also came to help.
The Philippines were hit in 2011 with two typhoons creating immense flooding.
The Church worked with the Rotary Club, Soroptomist Church and Philippine Army to distribute goods and hygiene kits, according to an article on lds.org.
Goods distributed included rice, canned goods and noodles. Blankets for 25,000 families was also handed out, according to lds.org.
On July 30, 2011, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with others honored Brazil's "The National Day of Voluntary Action—A Solidarity Saturday," according to the article.
About 6,000 volunteers went door-to-door educating people about fighting dengue fever, according to lds.org. Dengue fever is a fever caused by mosquitoes.
In Santa Catarina, 17 tons of food was distributed to institutions that feed those in need, said the article.
Towards the end of 2010 major cholera outbreaks happened in Haiti and Papua New Guinea.
The Church took action and sent volunteer medical professionals to those areas to help treat those affected. Educational materials, water purification systems, and cholera prevention and treatment kits were other items sent to Haiti and Papua New Guinea.
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Hours after the earthquake struck, in January 2010, the Church began to send items to help those in danger, according to lds.org.
Medical volunteers from the Church were also deployed to assist, according to the report.
Over a year later, the Church was still helping with building houses, and helping with employment and education.
Besides Haiti, the Church also helped in Concepcion Chile and Christchurch New Zealand.
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Since 2003 more than 16 million contributions have been by the Church to help with immunizations across the world, according to lds.org.
These funds go towards immunization supplies, according to the article.
Children in 40 countries have received vaccines. About 60,000 volunteers donated 766,000 hours to immunization campagns in 35 countries in about nine years. These campaigns have reached over 100 million children and youth worldwide, according to lds.org.
Education about immunizations are through part-time welfare missionaries. They spend four to six weeks in various countries, said the article.
In August 2010, Church members were sending relief efforts to those in Pakistan after a flood hit.
Volunteers brought in food, water, and hygiene kits to those in need. They also catered to other needs with blankets, clothing and cleaning kits, said the article.
The Church also sent help in other areas that flooded. In 2010, help was found in China, Myanmar, Philippines, Central and South America, Vietnam, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to lds.org.
Another ongoing effort happens in Texas. The Church owns a peanut butter plant, which processes and delivers peanut butter to Houston Food Bank. In 2004, more than 700,000 jars of peanut butter was delivered, according to the website.
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The Church provides continual services such as vision and dental care, as well as clean water and wheelchairs to countries that don't normally receive that care.
In Ethiopia alone, the Church provided clean water that will serve about 350,000 people, 250 wheelchairs and 1,800 neonatal resuscitation trainings, according to an article on lds.org.
In 2010, the Church donated almost $1 million to Operation Smile, which provides surgery for cleft pallets and lips. The Church has a 20-year commitment to donating charity to Operation Smile, according to the article.
June 12, 2012 the Church donated $1.5 million dollars to Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, according to lds.org.
The donations will make available pneumococcal (pneumonia) and rotavirus (diarrhea) vaccines to five African countries, according to the article.
"This contribution is the largest made by a religious organization in GAVI's history and will be doubled as part of the GAVI Matching Fund by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation," said the article.
Deseret Industries not only provides cheaper hand-me-down clothing, but the employees also receive help.
At Deseret Industries about 98 percent of the employees face barriers in employment for other jobs, according to the article. Each year about 7,000 people participate in various training programs to overcome obstacles.
About 2,500 to 3,000 people are able to find a job after the training. In 2011, job placements increased 10 percent, according to the article.
In 2011 wildfires spread across Texas.
Local church members provided community assistance to those that had been affected.
This year seven Western States were up in flames.
In June, more than 800 wildfires burned more than 2 million acres of land, according to lds.org.
The Church is working closely with local groups in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming as well as the Red Cross in helping those that had been affected by the flames. Among the efforts provided, volunteers have been helping in cleanup and deforestation.
In 2011, Thailand was flooded over with damages exceeding $45 billion, according to the report.
The Church assembled relief items such as food kits, clothes, blankets and sanitation kits for those in Thailand.
In Fall of 2011, Turkey experienced an earthquake that shook a 7.2 magnitude, according to lds.org.
The Church united relief efforts with the Turkish Red Crescent. Among providing relief supplies to Turkey, 4,000 blankets were sent to keep those warm, said the article.
Typhoon Talas hit Japan in September 2011, with winds at 68 mph, and flooding and mud slide warnings many people were in danger.
The Church supplied food, water and medicine along with other supplies to those in need. Volunteers also helped in rescue teams, said the article.
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Who knew used stamps could be so valuable?
Des Waddington, serving on the high council for the Coventry England Stake for the Church, organized the "used stamp appeal," according to lds.org
These used stamps were donated to help the Oxfam and Leukaemia Care charities, according to lds.org.
Members and community members helped with the cause and in February 2011, 10,000 stamps were accumulated. As of this past February, 400,000 stamps have already been collected, according to the article.
"Twelve thousand stamps provide medication for a village for three months, and 45,000 stamps builds a solar-powered greenhouse where vegetables and fruit can grow year-round," said the article.
The Church partnered with Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations to kick off World Pneumonia Day in November 2011.
In Kenya, volunteers from the Church spent 1,800 hours to notify people about the pneumonia. Flyers and posters were sent out by 300 local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Last year many European members of the Church participated in a effort to serve. Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom set up blood drives, according to lds.org.
In Italy, 200 Mormons participated and 150 donated blood. For Portugal, 600 members of the Church and community members participated. All together, 360 units of blood was donated and 1,300 volunteer hours. Church members in Spain donated 2,206 units of blood. Members of the Church in Switzerland were able to contribute 259 units of blood. The United Kingdom is offering an ongoing blood donation putting them at 10,000 units of blood, said the article.
The blood drive in Switzerland went so well other European countries are modeling the program after the one in Switzerland, according to the report.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also helps in other efforts such as addiction recovery programs and assistance to community members in various regions around the world.
Warehouses of food and household necessities are provided in places called bishop storehouses, which is available through members donating their money to the Church.