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Relief Society is the largest and oldest women’s organization in the world and in the eloquent language of 1842, part of it’s purpose is “the relief of the poor, the destitute, the widow and the orphan, and for the exercise of all benevolent purposes.”

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This past Friday, I invited a neighbor to go with me to a humanitarian project involving women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who lived on the west side of Indianapolis. Being given an assignment to help with the birthing kits being sent to Haiti and Africa where women have their babies without the aid of a doctor or clean facilities, I was in awe of the generosity and hard work accomplished by good women. There were hundreds of supplies from receiving blankets, onesies, bar soap, gauze pads, hand sanitizer to clean razors and sterilized cord for the mothers to tie off the umbilical cords, all donated freely by those good women. An assembly line was created and in less than an hour, 200 birthing kits were put together and boxes of leftover supplies were still stashed under the table.


On top of that, there were hygiene kits for families unexpectedly taking their children to the hospital, baby bracelets made for mothers of stillborns or infants who die shortly after birth, thank you cards written, baby hats knitted, sleep mats made for the homeless and other worthwhile causes. It was incredible to be a small part of such a tremendous effort.

Boxes of supplies left for next year’s project.
Charity never faileth.

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