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..
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
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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