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By Jane Dumont

Washington DC Stake Relief Society Humanitarian Project

WASHINGTON, DC -- "Very impressive!" "This is needed so much." "A joy to help others!" These are some of the words participants used to describe their feelings during the final Service 2001 work day, March 24, 2001, held at the Washington DC Stake Center in Kensington, Md..

Very Impressive

Jeannette Clawson, WDC Stake RS President reported that each of the stake goals was met and more than doubled! By the end of the day-long finale the list of items produced included:

  • Quilts = 129
  • Leper bandages = 162
  • Dresses = 552
  • School Kits = 950
  • Newborn Kits = 765 (+ 257 kits that lacked 1 item to be complete)
  • Sewing Kits = 338 (The components to make another 139 kits.
  • Hygiene Kits = 1,013 hygiene kits

Sister Clawson also said, "So much was donated by the members of our Stake, it is a real tribute to the sacrifice in time and resources of our Stake members."

Help and Hope Needed

Ambassador Simbi Veke Mubako, from the Republic of Zimbabwe, and his wife, Dr. Hazel Mubako, attended the event and spoke about the tremendous need for help in Zimbabwe. He noted that 25 percent of his country's 12 million population are AIDS patients. Most of these are the orphan babies who are left parentless when their parents die of AIDS.

Joy in Service Nathan Romney, a 15 year old boy scout, found a way to experience joy in service. He made 20 quilts for his Eagle Scout project in connection with the DC Stake Relief Society humanitarian effort.

About 200 women and men worked throughout the day at the stations set up to assemble a variety of kits, sort dresses, tie quilts, make soft bandages, and do inventory and packing.

A computer was set up in the main hall for participants to record their impressions of the event. Participants could also sign letters of thanks to the businesses that contributed to the project.

The boxed items were delivered to the Bishops Storehouse in Upper Marlboro, Md. They will be sent to SLC for the final shipping manifests and other paper work necessary for export to Zimbabwe

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