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Sent on Mormon-News: 30Apr01

By Kent Larsen

LDS Volunteers Help Rebuild in DC

WASHINGTON, DC -- Its no longer "Christmas in April," but volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are still helping a 19-year-old charity rehabilitate the housing of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. Yesterday, LDS volunteers were there again; more than two dozen church members showing up at the home of Cynthia Harris.

In prior years church volunteers have also helped the charity, known until this year as "Christmas in April," part of the thousands that visited the houses of needy homeowners, performing badly needed repairs and lifting spirits. Now known as Rebuilding Together, the group has expanded nationwide from its Washington, DC roots and yesterday put to work 140,000 volunteers on 4,500 homes and non-profit facilities in the US.

In addition to volunteers, sponsoring organizations -- churches, businesses and other groups -- provide tools and materials ass well as funding. In Harris' case, funds were used to replace a leaky roof and put in a new kitchen ceiling. Harris, a single mother of four, says the repairs will help her stay in the home, purchased by her parents 45 years ago, "It wasn't my mom's wish to sell this house. It was always her wish for the family to come here . . . for all of us to be able to come Sundays and participate and to come on holidays. I just said to them [her siblings], let's try to get it together," Harris said. "Somebody had to take responsibility."


Rebuilding Homes and Lives
Washington Post pgC04 29Apr01 D1
By Sylvia Moreno: Washington Post Staff Writer
Volunteers Go to Work To Help Low-Income, Disabled and Elderly


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