Members in Boston plant Daffodils along Boston Marathon route. See the LDS News article below for more details:
The Framingham 1st Ward’s current Humanitarian Service contains an example of how consistent service to an organization can open up more opportunities to serve. The LDS Missionaries assigned to the Framingham 1st Ward volunteer twice a week with the local Salvation Army, assisting community members at the Food Pantry Market. Their ongoing commitment and dependability in this assignment has deepened and strengthened the ward’s relationship with the Salvation Army, which has led to other service projects for the Relief Society, such as Backpack Drives filled with School Supplies for children in need, literacy events, and helping transport donated food items from grocery stores to the organization.
The other weekly service carried out by Missionaries in the ward is helping set-up and break-down the vendor tents at the Ashland Farmer’s Market every Saturday. This is a very well-attended market, so it is a great place for the Elders to be serving!
Relief Society Sisters have supported Early Intervention in Waltham by assembling and donating 54 “Birthday Boxes” with many items for children in need to celebrate their Birthdays.
Finally, working with Ascentria Care Alliance (http://www.ascentria.org/our-services), the sisters carried out a Virtual Baby Shower for a pregnant refugee woman from Eritrea, providing her with much-needed items, including diapers, baby clothes, and a stroller. Often pregnant refugee women are far from family support of any kind, and know few people in their new area. So these Virtual Baby Showers are much-appreciated.
Framingham 1st Ward!
The Brookline Ward Relief Society has taken to heart the plea to help immigrants by getting involved with NuDay Syria. This organization, based in New Hampshire, collects useful items, and ships a large container monthly directly to Refugee Camps in Syria via Turkey. The Brookline Ward conducted a Refugee Drive in Fall 2016, and found it so gratifying that they are doing it again in 2017. Families have gone to New Hampshire to help pack the containers as well.
Brookline Relief Society women also volunteer at the Watertown Library as English Tutors, teaching basic vocabulary or industry-specific words for adults seeking employment in specialized fields.
Missionaries in the Brookline Ward also fulfill their weekly Community Service hours at the Newton Food Pantry, and at the Perkins School for the Blind. Missionaries have been serving these organizations for several years. Recently at Perkins, the Missionaries have been painting customized seats, boosters, and desks for people with disabilities.
Thank you, Brookline Ward!