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A day of service in Sandy, Utah

SANDY, UTAH

In response to a First Presidency request to serve others, the Crescent Crosslands Branch, Draper Utah Crescent View Stake, spent August 31st as their day of service. This branch includes Latter-day Saint members living in Atria (Independent Living and Assisted Living) and those living in Crosslands Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church's welfare plan, the First Presidency invited members worldwide to render service to the poor and needy.

Relief Society sisters work to sew materials for the Church's Humanitarian Center during a day of service in Draper, Utah.  From left, Jean Whetman, Sage Service and Gladys Best.
Relief Society sisters work to sew materials for the Church's Humanitarian Center during a day of service in Draper, Utah. From left, Jean Whetman, Sage Service and Gladys Best. Photo: Photo by Dianne Killpack

Some months prior, a small number of branch Relief Society sisters living at Crosslands asked their Relief Society president to be included in the day of service and to have an opportunity to give some kind of service to others. These remarkable women, who live in humble circumstances with illness and other trials, such as blindness, were determined to serve others as their circumstances would allow.

From left, Jean Whetman and Sage Service. Relief Society sisters work to sew materials for the Church's Humanitarian Center during a day of service in Draper, Utah.
From left, Jean Whetman and Sage Service. Relief Society sisters work to sew materials for the Church's Humanitarian Center during a day of service in Draper, Utah. Photo: Photo by Dianne Killpack

The Church Humanitarian Services coordinated with the Relief Society president to supply 98 fabric shells to be stuffed and sewn shut, forming balls of assorted shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Because of their limitations, to accomplish the task, branch sisters required a one-to-one team effort with more able Relief Society sisters.

That assistance came from sisters in the Crescent 12th Ward Relief Society. This project became a layered service project — branch leadership coordinating with Humanitarian Services to help the branch sisters have the opportunity to serve, Crescent 12th Ward Relief Society sisters serving by offering their time to assist the branch sisters, branch sisters extending great mental and physical efforts to stuff the balls, branch leadership completing the project by sewing the balls shut. The project resulted in 98 colorful products ready for the Children’s Module at the Humanitarian Center. These will be shipped world-wide when needed for children to improve eye-hand coordination.

Sister Gladys Best works to sew materials for the Church's Humanitarian Center during a day of service in Draper, Utah.
Sister Gladys Best works to sew materials for the Church's Humanitarian Center during a day of service in Draper, Utah. Photo: Photo by Dianne Killpack

To the Crescent 12th Ward Relief Society sisters this project was an exercise of patience and an opportunity to gain new perspectives. To the Crosslands Branch Relief Society sisters this project fueled their sense of value, cheered their hearts, and allowed them to contribute as the Lord’s hands here upon the earth. Through friendship, interaction, teamwork, and fun all felt better, knowing they’d done something that will be appreciated.