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LDS 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 LDS Charities to continue responding to needs like this one around the world.

LDS 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.

LDS 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
LDS Charities speaks with partners at a service fair booth.

Behind the Scenes- Service Fair Partners (4:44)

LDS Charities speaks with Catholic Community Services of Utah Director of Homeless Services Matthew Melville.

Behind the Scenes - Catholic Community Services of Utah (8:19)

An LDS Charities volunteer helps with disaster relief.

2016 Humanitarian Report: Volunteers (0:48)

LDS Charities works to provide wheelchairs to people in need.

2016 Humanitarian Report: Wheelchairs (0:47)

LDS Charities works to train nurses in maternal and newborn care.

2016 Humanitarian Report: Maternal and Newborn Care (0:48)

Bernardo Cantera, a recipient of a wheelchair from LDS Charities, poses with a missionary couple.

Care to Share: Bernardo Wheelchair Recipient (1:09)

Gyanu Dulal, a community resources specialist with the Department of Workforce Services in Salt Lake City, Utah, speaks with LDS Charities about helping refugees.

Gyanu Dulal - Refugee Conference Testimonial (1:08)

LDS Charities partners with Catholic Community Services to help provide meals in Salt Lake City.

Behind the Scenes: Catholic Community Services (8:19)

LDS Charities Origin Story (2:50)