I have participated in "Mormon Helping Hands" before and find the
trademarked yellow Mormon Helping Hands shirts to be garish. What is their
purpose other than a ridiculous call for attention? Isn't doing good
enough without bragging loudly about it?
Why the yellow vests? Same reason humanitarian groups wear matching T-Shirts.
To identify themselves as someone who is there to help. I would be less
suspicious and more likely to accept help and allow someone into my home if I
could clearly see that they were part of an organized group and not just someone
who might possibly be there to loot, steal my baby, or otherwise take advantage
of me in the event of a disaster. (All things that have happened in the Haiti
earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy and other disasters) I grew up
in the Philippines and I can tell you, these are valid concerns to victims in
Why do policemen and firemen wear uniforms? Why do sports teams wear uniforms?
It isn't about bragging and free publicity, it's about team work and
being united in a cause. They may be "garish", but at least they are
highly visible, which can be very helpful in some of the situations they go in
to help with. Anyone who thinks different has no clue.