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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
An LDS Charities volunteer helps with disaster relief.

2016 Humanitarian Report: Volunteers (0:48)

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)

Mormon Helping Hands Volunteers help with Hurricane Harvey clean-up efforts.

Care to Share: Hurricane Harvey (1:22)

Volunteers pick peaches at an LDS Church-owned peach orchard in Ogeden, Utah.

Behind the Scenes: Ogden Peach Orchard (6:55)

Patrick Poulin, the Executive Director of IRC in Salt Lake, speaks with LDS Charities about refugee efforts in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Patrick Poulin - Refugee Conference Testimonial (1:47)

Man and boy playing post disaster

2016 Humanitarian Report: Emergency Response (0:48)

Atem Aleu, a community resource specialist for the state of Utah, talks to LDS Charities

Atem Aleu - Refugee Conference Testimonial (0:57)

Refugee Relief in Europe: Nina Karrou (6:24)

I'll Stay- Emergency Response Music Video (2:54)