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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

Behind the Scenes: The Road Home (12:58)

Kristen from LDS Charities talks with Laura Michalski, CEO of Fourth Street Clinic.

Behind the Scenes: Fourth Street Clinic (11:47)

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)

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

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

Michelle Nunn from CARE visits the charity vending machines at Temple Square.

Behind the Scenes—CARE Vending Machine Visit (6:00)

Escaping Poverty: Community Chicken Project (3:22)

A teen girl talking to residents at a nursing home.

Teens’ Christmas Service Project for a Nursing Home (3:06)

Refugee clients in a mobile clinic in Rome.

Mobile Medical Clinic for Refugees in Rome (1:25)

Haitian youth planting trees.

“A Tree Is Life”: Planting Trees in Haiti for Future Generations (3:35)