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Mormons Across Canada Perform Small Acts of Service

Doing small acts of service brings about much good. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across Canada are making a difference in the world with small acts of service.

Magic Yarn Service Project

Close to 70 young women at a Brampton Ontario Stake young women’s camp participated in a Magic Yarn Project to help create magic in the lives of children battling cancer. The young women worked together to create beautiful, flowing yarn wigs from yarn donated by Brampton Ontario Stake members.

“It was an absolute pleasure to witness and be a part of this amazing service project,” said Kierra Zander, the Brampton Ontario Stake young women’s camp director. “The spirit that this project brought to our girls camp this year was something truly special. It was obvious that the impact these wigs have on the loving hands that make them is equal to, or larger than, the impact they have on the sweet little children that will receive them.”

The wigs will be delivered to cancer treatment centres to provide a warm and soft magical escape for brave little cancer fighters.

Youth Conference Hunger Service Project

More than 600 Latter-day Saint youth from across Ontario participated in a hunger project facilitated by Feeding Children Everywhere during a youth leadership conference at the University of Waterloo in August. Throughout the two-day service project, the youth packaged 150,000 meals, which will be donated to food banks across Ontario.

Tracey Cerisano, a youth leader who participated in the service project, stated, “This was an amazing experience to join together with the youth to package meals for Ontario food banks.”

Wildwood, Calgary, Young Women’s Quilting Service

Jessica White, a Mormon living in Wildwood, Calgary, continues to lend a loving hand of service after completing her Church Personal Progress requirements — a goal-oriented program in which young women set and complete seven 10-hour service projects that help their families, schools and communities.

White continues an ongoing quilting service project, making baby quilts for every mother with a new baby in her local congregation (ward). She prepares each quilt for tying and then invites other young women to secure the quilts as she teaches them different methods of tying. Completed quilts are presented to new mothers during Sunday services.

“Baby quilts are special,” says White. “I want the baby and mom to feel remembered and loved. I enjoy teaching the girls skills and giving them an opportunity to participate in a service project.”

“Love My Hood” Community Service Event

In June, the Burlington Ward of the Hamilton Ontario Stake participated along with 38 other vendors in a festival titled “Love My Hood.” The free community event, hosted by Burlington’s Ward 6 councillor Blair Lancaster, was designed to celebrate the neighbourhood by bringing the community together through food and play.

Families gathered to enjoy activities such as riding ponies, creating crafts, viewing birds of prey, painting garbage drums, touring fire trucks and buses, and more. The Burlington Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided gospel literature, popsicles to all and popcorn to those who participated in the penny toss game.

“It was a fun afternoon,” said Merrilee Fraser, a Burlington Ward member, “and a great way to get to know our neighbours and serve the community with those of other faiths.”

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