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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
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)

Preserving Sight for the Homeless (3:32)

“I Thank God That Our Paths Crossed”: Ending Blindness in Premature Newborns (3:11)


Vision Program (2:29)

Simona-Mirela Miculescu talks about Romania's partnership with LDS Charities

Simona-Mirela Miculescu: Romanian Ambassador to the United Nations (1:21)

Dr. Rao talking

Dr. Gullapalli Rao: Chairman of LV Prasad Eye Institute (1:15)

young boy receiving new glasses from LDS Charities

World of Happiness (3:41)