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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 works to provide wheelchairs to people in need.

2016 Humanitarian Report: Wheelchairs (0:47)

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

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

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

Care to Share: Hurricane Harvey (1:22)

Trizha, a recipient of an LDS Charities wheelchair, navigates her school in her new chair.

Care to Share: Trizha Wheelchair Recipient (0:50)

A moving truck full of items to help refugee families coming to America.

Welcome to America: Giving Refugees New Hope with Household Goods (3:57)

Scout troop teaching refugees to ride bikes

Scout Troop Learns that Helping Refugees is as Easy as Riding a Bike (3:53)

Flood waters almost as high as a street sign.

South Carolina Flooding 2015 - "I knew we were probably losing everything" (5:51)

Women gathered around new mom and baby

Refugee Baby Shower: Giving One Family a New Start (3:36)

Mother and daughter

Help Make a Mother's Day Beautiful (2:31)