In recent weeks we have seen the powers of nature buffeting the homes of millions of people. These storms have collectively created a disaster of unprecedented proportions. Thousands are missing or dead. Families grieve. Many are homeless. The infrastructure damage is so great in some areas that delivering emergency relief has been difficult. People have been without food and water for extended periods. Because of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ long-held practice of storing ahead for emergencies, international agencies such as the Red Cross and others have called upon the Church, as they commonly do in crisis situations, for the provisions so badly needed.
The Church has responded with many carloads of emergency and medical supplies, along with a significant donation of cash to purchase items that are not immediately available for shipping. These goods are primarily available because of donations by members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many people have asked, “How can we help?” For information about volunteering your time or arranging a service project in your community, visit: www.providentliving.org
Church members and others who wish to help may make voluntary financial contributions to “Humanitarian aid” on the Tithing and Other Offerings slip or make donations online through LDS Foundation at: www.ldsfoundation.org/humanitarian
LDS Foundation, a department of the Office of the Presiding Bishopric, is responsible for donations to the Church and its institutions beyond tithes and offerings.