The Church helps those in need in Eastern Europe

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Thursday evening regarding its assistance in Eastern Europe.

The statement follows:

“Many ask how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped address the developing humanitarian crisis resulting from the current armed conflict. From the early hours, the Church began contacting friends and collaborating organizations in the area to assess needs and purchase food and other necessities,” the statement said.

“Through decades of experience providing assistance during natural disasters, refugee crises and other humanitarian conditions, we have developed a tried and tested model for identifying needs and delivering assistance. This model includes empowering local leaders to use Church financial resources to purchase goods and services from the local economy to provide what is truly needed,” the statement continued.

“Following this model, the Europe Area Presidency works with Church headquarters teams to identify and respond to needs. Relief supplies – including sleeping bags, beds and tents – are being delivered to local government agencies, the Red Cross and other NGOs dealing with Ukrainian refugees arriving in border countries. Further assistance is being organised. Church members and their friends have also been asked to fast and pray for those who are so deeply affected. More information will be shared about their efforts in the days and weeks to come,” he read.

“Church members around the world have asked how to help or contribute. We invite them to do so through the Church’s Humanitarian Relief Fund, which will be used to address this and other crises.

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