Saturday, June 18, 2011

Humanitarian Service

In our area, some women are pooling together their resources to put together projects that go to various humanitarian needs in our community, our nation and even the world. I just got back from a 2-day long activity where we worked on these projects and learned more about them. They include things like making leper bandages for lepers in India and other nations, knitting hats for cancer patients and newborn babies (and preemie's), making file folder games for countries where they need educational materials and more. There were eight projects total.

I loved the spirit of the activity, especially the fact that we were all working together in a common cause - to help those around the world that need it so badly. There were teachers and learners and some who just came to participate. I came prepared to learn how to knit and I finished three rows of my first knitted hat! I'm excited to knit and crochet and put together what I can of the other projects as well.
I love this video that they showed at the activity. I think it really shows each of us can do more than we do to help other people. If this little 6-year-old boy can raise enough money for a wheelchair ($86), we can all give a little more than we do. Here's a link to the whole story. I think it's wonderful that this little boy is already making such a big difference in the world, and cares so much about giving to others.

Here's a link where you can donate to the humanitarian effort of the church. The nice thing about donating through the LDS church is that there are no administrative fees. The program is run solely through volunteers and 100% of the donated money goes to those that really need it. Even just a dollar or two really makes a difference. But just think about it, for only $86 you can buy a wheelchair and give a disabled person access to independence, education, and self-reliance.

I know that when we give of our hearts, we're actually doing what the Savior would do if he were here on the earth. I believe all of us can give, no matter how little or how much we have. It touches my heart that people who have so little are often willing to give so much. If you're interested in learning more about these projects like those that we've been doing in our area, here's a link to some patterns that you can make and donate to the LDS church's humanitarian effort. All of us can do a little more than we do to serve those around us, near and far.

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