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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 partners with WaterAid to assist refugees in Bangladesh.

Partner Testimonial: WaterAid (2:59)

A woman receives a tetanus vaccine

UNICEF and LDSC Partner for Tetanus Vaccines (1:24)

Kristen Piedra from LDS Charities talks with Jonathan Duffy from ADRA International.

Behind the Scenes- ADRA International (6:41)

Leslie Goldman and Sharon Eubank talk at an early childhood learning center in Uganda.

UNICEF and LDS Charities in Uganda (2:50)

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)

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)

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)

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

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