September 14, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY — A familiar and beloved place of worship will become a warm and comforting place of hope in the near future, thanks to a substantial gift from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the American Cancer Society.
During a press conference Tuesday morning, local ACS officials announced the LDS Church has donated 2.2 acres of land valued at $4.2 million dollars for the future construction of a Hope Lodge near downtown Salt Lake City.
…What it will be used for is the construction of a Hope Lodge, a facility that offers free housing and other facilities for those who must travel to Salt Lake City for cancer treatments.
For more information and Mormon News about relief efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visit the official Newsroom.
Kansas City Star
October 19, 2011
A 13-year-old Leawood boy is using his Eagle Scout project to reach out to the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Max Schow of Troop 117 is bringing together kids from around the metro area Saturday for a musical performance and presentation in Olathe that he hopes will get people thinking about those with less access to health care and many basic supplies.
The concert is free, but Max is asking attendees to bring a donation of hygiene items. He’ll take the items with him on his trip to the Dominican Republic this spring.
On the trip, Max, along with several family members, will work on a mission that aids Haitians who have crossed the border to the Dominican Republic.
Humanitarian relief is a common practice of The Church of Jesus Christ to help those in need. For LDS news and information visit the official Newsroom for The Church.
October 22, 2011
Nearly 200 members of a local church swarmed a six-acre cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 15, helping to restore, preserve and maintain a key historical site in Houston.
With the steady buzz of chainsaws, weed eaters and hand tools, local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the east Houston area cleared the Olivewood Cemetery located in the First and Sixth wards just northwest of downtown Houston, restoring the neglected, tropically vegetated cemetery to a better state of order than it has seen for years.
Founded 10 years after emancipation, Olivewood is the historic resting place for several influential 19th century African-Americans including the pastor of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church Reverend Elias Dibble, Alderman and landowner Richard Brock, Educator James D. Ryan, Attorney J. Vance Lewis, Physician Russell F. Ferrill, Dentist Milton A. Baker as well as many freed slaves and military veterans.
Burials in the Olivewood cemetery ceased in the late 60s but enclose more than 700 family plots with an estimated 3,000 graves of both elite and poor with plots ranging from elaborate Victorian monuments to simple handmade headstones.