14 March 2008

Mormon Helping Hands in New Zealand

According to the LDS newsroom, over 5,000 Church members volunteered across the island nation of New Zealand to clean and refurbish neighborhoods this past Saturday.

Volunteers in Auckland painted the Glenfield Presbyterian Church and Takapuna Girl Guide Hall, landscaped the Yendarra Kindergarten, and renovated the Hindu Heritage Trust property in Mangere.  Mormon volunteers cleaned, painted, organized, hauled, etc. to get their communities looking lovely.

The Church's Helping Hands program is active throughout the world, and started in Brazil.  The Brazilian program, "Mãos que Ajudam", has been highlighted in Brazilian national media several times.

(New Zealand Mormon trivia: The Church has a temple and a church school in New Zealand.)

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