LDS Charities Emergency Response

The purpose of humanitarian services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Church) is to relieve suffering and care for the poor and needy of all nationalities and religions.  The Church often conducts its humanitarian work under the name of LDS Charities.

LDS Charities has sponsored relief and development projects in 179 countries. Assistance is based on the core principles of personal responsibility, volunteer service, self-reliance, and sustainability. Largely run with volunteer labor, LDS Charities operates both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations, governments, and global alliances. More than one million man-days of labor are contributed yearly by LDS Charities volunteers in support of disaster relief and humanitarian initiatives.

In its emergency response initiatives, LDS Charities has access to the resources of the entire Church, which include food production and processing, donated used clothing, employment and social/emotional services, spiritual support, and the ability to purchase goods locally in many parts of the world.  With these resources, it offers immediate emergency assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters by providing short-term, life-sustaining resources such as food, water, shelter, clothing, medical, school, and hygiene supplies, and critical needed services. It promotes individual and family disaster preparedness through training programs and materials. Under the direction of local leadership, LDS Charities volunteers distribute supplies, participate in cleanup efforts, and assist other relief organizations to help disaster victims recover.

LDS Charities is one way the Church follows the admonition of Jesus Christ to help others in need. The assistance LDS Charities provides is made possible by generous donations of cash and in-kind materials from members and friends of the Church.  One hundred percent of every dollar donated goes directly to help people and families in need, without regard to race, religion, or ethnic origin.

 

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Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which operates Latter-day Saint Charities, promotes individual and family disaster preparedness through training programs and materials. It offers immediate emergency assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters by providing short-term, life-sustaining resources such as food, water, shelter, clothing, medical, school, and hygiene supplies.  Under the direction of local leadership, LDS Charities volunteers distribute supplies, participate in cleanup efforts, and assist other relief organizations.  Trained professionals and volunteers deliver employment, social/emotional, and spiritual support to help disaster victims recover.