In recent news coverage of Church relief work in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, one TV news broadcaster said…“Of the relief forces descending on our flood-damaged city, it’s fair to say that none is bigger or more effective than the legions of volunteers bound by their Mormon faith.”
Houston – Missionaries from the Texas Houston South Mission engaged in Hurricane Harvey clean-up work take time to assist the Lutheran Village Church of Lacombe Louisiana. This ministry had come to help in the recovery by feeding the hungry regardless of who they are. Large “Free Food” signs facing Memorial Drive draw as many as 1,000 hungry souls a day.
The missionaries have worked very hard on cleanup and recovery for weeks. Both the Elders and Sisters removed floor covering, pulled off wallboard, swung hammers, rolled out wheelbarrows of debris, got messy and dirty, all to help those in need. They have truly been examples of loving your neighbor.
Houston – This weekend marks the beginning of the anticipated influx of Church volunteers to Houston, from areas not affected by flooding. Hurricane Harvey, possibly the most expensive natural disaster in US history, had a large impact on much of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Extremely well done and touching video about Hurricane Harvey, floods and people…
A Mormon Helping Hands crew from the Richmond 1 and 2 Wards works to muck out a home that experienced minor flooding. Thousands of homes in the Metro Houston area had multiple feet of contaminated flood water in them.
Crew members willingly labored and came from all walks of life…moms, dads, financial managers, doctors, teens, engineers…all willingly helped.
Springfield Missouri – LDS Church youth and adults descended on the Crosslines Ministry food pantry to help with an important service project. The pantry’s recent food drive successfully collected 18 pallets of food, but for the items to be truly useful they needed to be sorted. The project was tackled by the members of the Springfield Missouri and the Springfield Missouri South Stakes organized by their Stake President Tim Scott.
Anxious to have leaders in his stake actually feel the joy of providing hands-on service, he cancelled his Stake PEC meeting and diverted stake leaders to the project. To avoid disrupting normal operations, the sorting was scheduled to take place after regular hours of operation.
In total, the 126 church volunteers were able to sort the items in one night. A project of this size would normally have taken the small staff at the center a month to do. The estimated value of the service rendered to the center was over $7,000. In the end, vital service was provided, relationships between the volunteers and the food pantry were forged and the needy in the community were helped.