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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
A woman receives a tetanus vaccine

UNICEF and LDSC Partner for Tetanus Vaccines (1:24)

Leslie Goldman talks about the relationship between the US Fund for UNICEF and LDS Charities.

Leslie Goldman: US Fund for UNICEF (1:16)

Janet Garin: Minister of Health for Philippines (1:49)

Ted Herbosa explains humanitarian efforts of LDS Charities

Ted Herbosa: Undersecretary of the Department of Health (1:42)

Bonnie McEvleen-Hunter describes the humanitarian efforts of LDS Charities

Bonnie McEvleen-Hunter: American Red Cross (0:54)

Andrea Gay describes LDS Charities' help in immunizations campaigns

Andrea Gay: United Nations Foundation (1:18)

Gail McGovern describes the support given by LDS Charities in immunization campaigns

Gail McGovern on Immunizations: American Red Cross (1:14)