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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

Providing for the Refugees in Lebanon (4:39)

Feeding the Refugees in Beirut (3:02)

refugees in kurdistan

Giving All for Refugees in Kurdistan (3:27)

23 refugee family home

23 Refugee Families in Our Home - Helping Refugees in Kurdistan (3:48)

coconut farmer

Always Something to Give – The Coconut Farmer (4:16)

Mother holds her newborn baby that has been safely resuscitated.

Saving Newborns in Sierra Leone (5:25)

Young refugees talk with a camp volunteer

Service in Ethiopia (2:07)

Syrian Refugee Response (5:12)

Volunteer Response to the 2010 Chile Earthquake (3:39)