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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Hundreds of Mormon teens volunteering around county
Salisbury NC Post 24Jun00 D1
By Emily Ford: Salisbury Post

SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA -- The annual youth conference for several stakes in North Carolina included a service project Friday afternoon which found about 50 of the 525 youth attending the conference working at the American Red Cross. The project was just one of 21 projects at nonprofit agencies in Rowan County, North Carolina.

At the Elizabeth Hanford Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross, the youth washed 150 cots, stenciled 290 new cots, cleaned the grounds and washed the Red Cross vehicles. "I've been putting this off for a month," said the Red Cross' Jim Arnold. "They've done it in three hours."

Teens in other projects spread mulch along nature trails at Horizon's Unlimited, painted and did yard work at Overton Elementary and Salisbury High Schools, and entertained veterans at the Hefner VA Medical Center, among other things.

Leader Sue Davis said that the LDS Church has a culture that seeks to help others, "We are very service oriented. It helps them appreciate what they have and what great joy can come from serving other people."

The service projects also had to be planned, and Davis, along with 23 of the youth, searched for and planned the service projects. Davis contacted the Salisbury ward and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce asking for a list of non-profits that might need help. She then called each of them to find out what help they needed. Not one of the groups turned down the help.

"They said, 'What are you willing to do?' I told them, 'We are here to meet your needs,' " Davis said. "We're doing everything from painting to picking up litter and weeding and planting. They were overjoyed to have free labor, especially the schools."


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