The Richmond Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held their third annual Day to Serve event on the morning of Saturday, Sept 21st. Around 350 members of The Church and others from Henrico and surrounding counties joined together to complete several service projects benefiting many organizations in the community.
Attendees served a combined 70 man hours cutting up plastic bags and crocheting them into homeless mats, a service planned by Boy Scout Hyrum Ashby as his Eagle Project. Around 30 people donated blood through the Red Cross while others made 200 paracord bracelets to be sent in care packages through Operation Gratitude. Families were encouraged to come serve together. Jenny Heaton brought her family, saying “Service is so important, but it’s hard to get my family out to serve; we just get so busy. So, I’m grateful for people who organized this activity.”
Some younger children helped assemble 60 waiting room kits for VCU Health, made 125 cards for patient’s families staying at the Reinhart House, or decorated cards with inspirational sayings to put around tissue packets for patients at Massey Cancer Center. Other attendees assembled 10 nightstands and dressers for the furniture bank at CARITAS, helped sew 60 superhero capes for children staying at nearby hospitals, or cut out 400 posterboard butterflies The Children’s Museum of Richmond can use for school field trips. Most brought food to be distributed to those in need by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond.
The Carol Adams Foundation provided Child ID kits for 50 children that were at the event with their families, a process that helps recover the children if they ever go missing. State Senator, Siobhan Dunnavant, who participated in the event said, “Thank you for your service, I love what you are doing here; reaching out and helping the community in so many ways.”
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