Locals help with LDS humanitarian effort

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By Special to the Monitor

Each year, millions of men, women and children are impacted by war and natural disasters. In these desperate circumstances, quick response is often the difference between life and death.

  From 1985 to 2008, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has shipped 61,308 tons of food and 132,028 tons of other supplies to more than 150 countries.

 In addition to providing materials, the Church also helps with funds and volunteers.

For instance, Church members donated more than 10,000 days of labor to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and surrounding states.

In response to this same spirit of the Church’s humanitarian effort, the women of the Santa Fe Stake of the Church came together over the last few months to make quilts for people in need. These women are members of the Church’s Relief Society in 10 units from Santa Fe, Los Alamos, White Rock, Española, Taos, Tres Piedras, Las Vegas, Chama, El Camino Real Spanish speaking branch and Peñasco. Each unit’s Relief Society, under the direction of the stake’s Relief Society president, Marianne Tonks, received material, some of which came from Salt Lake, to make the quilts.

Between two and 15 quilts were put together and tied by each ward or branch.  

On Sept. 26, 92 of the Relief Society women gathered at the stake center in Santa Fe to participate in a stake service project to finish the 83 quilts.  

The quilts were sent back to the Church Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City, where they will be sent out in response to emergencies all over the world.