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Latter-day Saint Charities Origin Story

A famine in Ethiopia killed nearly 400,000 people between 1983 and 1985. At the time, President Spencer W. Kimball asked members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to respond by participating in a special fast—going without food and water for a 24-hour period and donating the money they would have spent on food to the aid of the Ethiopian people. In just two special days of fasting over $11 million was raised. The Church then formalized its humanitarian efforts and created Latter-day Saint Charities to continue responding to needs like this one around the world.

Latter-day Saint Charities is supported by donations made by everyday people, and since its start in 1985 the organization has donated billions of dollar’s worth of food, commodities, volunteer hours to relieve the effects of both natural and man-made disasters.

Latter-day Saint Charities has also expanded to support sustainable efforts such as:

- Benson Food
- Clean Water
- Community Projects
- Emergency Response
- Immunization
- Maternal and Newborn Care
- Refugee Response
- Vision Care
- Wheelchairs

Video Tour of Welfare Square (6:02)

You can do something. Find service opportunities at justserve.org.

You Can Do Something - Video (2:49)

Rachel Steinberg of UNICEF USA talks with an LDS Charities representative about refugee education in Kenya.

Behind the Scenes: Refugee Education (1:39)

Wheelchair training specialists speak with an LDS Charities representative in Kenya.

Behind the Scenes: Wheelchair Training in Kenya (2:52)

Eleanor Allen visited the Giving Machines in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Behind the Scenes: Giving Machines with Water For People (2:28)

Kristen from LDS Charities talks to a pro bono lawyer who volunteers at the free legal clinic.

Behind the Scenes: Free Legal Clinic (8:36)

Doug Mehr is an eye doctor as well as a volunteer with LDS Charities's vision care program.

Behind the Scenes: Vision Care Program (9:21)

LDS Charities partners with WaterAid to assist refugees in Bangladesh.

Partner Testimonial: WaterAid (2:59)

Rohingya women stand in line at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Care to Share: Latter-day Saint Charities and ADRA in Bangladesh (1:02)