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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
Father Paul Karam speaks about partnership with LDS Charities

Father Paul Karam: Caritas Lebanon (1:24)

Gail McGovern speaks about LDS Charities

American Red Cross Thanks LDS Charities (4:46)

Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterborn discussed her satisfaction with the partnership between AMAR and LDS Charities

Baroness Emma Nicholson: AMAR Foundation (1:15)

Bonnie McEvleen-Hunter describes the humanitarian efforts of LDS Charities

Bonnie McEvleen-Hunter: American Red Cross (0:54)

Chris Skopec describes the partnership between International Medical Corps and LDS Charities

Chris Skopec: International Medical Corps (1:17)

Richard Wagner describes International Relief and Development's experience in working with LDS Charities

Richard Wagner: International Relief and Development (:58)

Igor Samac describes the humanitarian efforts of LDS Charities

Igor Samac: International Relief and Development (1:07)

Trevor Riggen describes how LDS Charities has been a reliable partner for the Red Cross

Trevor Riggen: American Red Cross (1:08)

Jim Lanning describes in an interview the services offered by LDS Charities

Jim Lanning: International Relief and Development (1:18)