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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Latter-day Saints women aid needy
Johnson co IN Daily Journal 13May00 D1
By Nancy Voris: Daily Journal staff writer

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- More than 130 women attended a service project held by the Relief Society of the Indianapolis Stake on May 6th. Called, "Errand of Angels," the 4-hour project brought the women together to do multiple service projects to benefit both the local community and worldwide charities.

During the project, the women made surgery dolls for children going into surgery, baby quilts for the special care nursery at a local hospital and leper bandages for distribution to lepers around the world. The group also collected eye glasses and canned goods for local charities and assembled media kits fo a local cancer agency.

The Daily Journal's article focused on the leper bandages knitted by the group. "The leper bandages are called a 'labor of love' because it takes eight hours to crochet one," says Debbie Brown, public affairs director for the Indianapolis Stake. "But they're simple; even a beginner can do one." According to Brown, 5 million people worldwide suffer from leprosy.

The bandages are about three inches wide and 4 to 7 feet long, allowing air to reach the wound, while supporting the deteriorating skin. The LDS Church distributes the bandages worldwide.


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