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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 speaks with Catholic Community Services of Utah Director of Homeless Services Matthew Melville.

Behind the Scenes - Catholic Community Services of Utah (8:19)

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

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

Libran Nuevas Cabactulan talks about the relationship between the Philippines and LDS Charities.

Libran Nuevas Cabactulan: Philippines Ambassador to the United Nations (1:34)

Kingsley Mambolo talks about the work LDS Charities has done in South Africa.

Kingsley Mamabolo: South Africa Ambassador to the United Nations (1:38)

Simona-Mirela Miculescu talks about Romania's partnership with LDS Charities

Simona-Mirela Miculescu: Romanian Ambassador to the United Nations (1:21)

Dr. Nemam Ghafouri: Swedish Specialist Hospital (1:28)

Father Paul Karam speaks about partnership with LDS Charities

Father Paul Karam: Caritas Lebanon (1:24)

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

Baroness Emma Nicholson: AMAR Foundation (1:15)

Mary Veal describes the help LDS Charities has given to Hope for Health

Mary Veal: Hope for Health (1:07)