“Of Good Report,” Ensign, Feb. 1994, 79
Kilos of Clothing
Members of the Interlagos and Santo Amaro stakes in Sao Paulo, Brazil, combined together to render special services for a community hospital. Approximately eighteen hundred hours of work were donated by more than four hundred members in a project to collect winter clothing to donate to the facility. One thousand kilos of clothing were collected; city officials were so impressed with the project that they dispatched city employees to assist the members.
After the clothing was gathered, members met at the hospital with sewing machines and paint brushes in hand. While one group of members sewed more than twelve hundred sheets, diapers, and blankets, another group gave the hospital walls a fresh coat of paint. Nurses at the hospital were visibly touched by the service, and several remarked that they had never seen a group work with such enthusiasm.
The project was concluded at a special ceremony where a 62-member choir sang for hospital patients and presented sixty new mothers with infant clothing for their babies. Local television and press covered the event, and plans are being made for future service projects.—Demar Staniscia, director of Public Affairs, Brazil Area
United Effort Repairs Roof
The project was sponsored by the Skagit County Community Action Agency Volunteer CHORE Program, the materials were donated by the Catholic Church, and the actual work was accomplished by the Anacortes Ward in the Mount Vernon Washington Stake.
Dean Flood had been disabled in an accident more than ten years ago. Fiercely independent, he made courageous efforts to take care of himself and his home. However, Christy McCarthy, a parishioner of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, realized the man would be unable to repair his badly leaking roof. She turned to CHORE, a community volunteer organization, for help. Although CHORE was short-handed, officials committed to do all they could. That is when the Anacortes Ward entered the picture. “It was really a miracle,” observed Sandy Everest, program coordinator. “Here I was looking for somebody to do the work, and there they were looking for a project.”
The project was completed in two phases. The elders quorum joined forces to roof the home in one day. Shortly thereafter, a second group primed and painted Mr. Flood’s home. In all, approximately twenty-five members were involved.—George H. Verd, director of Public Affairs, Mount Vernon Washington Stake