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Friday, June 3, 2011

Mormon Helping Hands

Before we were even settled in our flat, we were sent to Christchurch to met our Director of Public Affairs on the south island.  While there we were able to participate in a "Mormon Helping Hands" activity which was amazing.  About 80 volunteers showed up to clean, repair and landscape a community play center.  About a year ago a little boy who attended the play center was killed by a teenage driver.  On this one year anniversary the staff and mothers at the play center had created a memorial garden in honor of this little boy. After the work was done, there was a little ceremony to remember him.  A large memorial board was attached to a building with notes and letters of support and sympathy written by those who loved him.  We met and visited with two members of parliament and the press who were in attendance.  Here are a few photos of that day:

Here is the Stake President, a member of parliament, mother of the little boy, our director of public affairs, and another member of parliament.

 The director of the play center expressing her appreciation.

Here's the message:  members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are good neighbors and are committed to helping improve their communities.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sure the community were very happy with the support the mormons gave to the centre.