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Day of Service in the Caribbean Area

Members clean, beautify their communities for project

Latter-day Saints joined with neighbors and other organizations in the Caribbean to provide an International Day of Service, “Hands and Hearts,” on Nov. 2.

As part of the event, organized under the direction of the Caribbean Area Presidency, Church members undertook projects such as painting schools and hospitals; cleaning and beautifying parks, roadways, cemeteries, and other public areas; and visiting with the elderly in care centers.

At the Madame Ifill Day Nursery in Barbados in Christ Church, Barbados, 20 members spent nine hours painting the walls of the day nursery. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, 26 members and 10 other local residents cleaned up Santiago Marino recreational facilities.

Church members in Barbados paint local school as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service project.
Church members in Barbados paint local school as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service project. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area

In the Bush Lot Branch in Guyana, members picked up garbage, trash and litter along the road that runs through the village where the LDS meetinghouse is located. Since there is no garbage collection service available in this part of Guyana, this type project was very worthwhile and beneficial to the community.

LDS leaders also invited Ovid Schultz, pastor of the local Pentecostal Church, to have his congregation join in the project. On the day of the project in Savanna-La-Mar, Jamaica, members and volunteers were divided into teams. Work started at 7 a.m. and was carried out along the four main roads leading into the town. The project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines included 20 members of the Kingstown Branch who cleaned along the city waterfront and then walked through the town up to the LDS meetinghouse. They were greeted with many expressions of “thank you” and positive comments. Twenty one members of the Calliaqua Branch in St. Vincent joined with the Community Building Blocks organization to clean Canash Beach. They collected and disposed of a dump truck-load of trash and debris.

Church members in Barbados paint local school as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts," on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day.
Church members in Barbados paint local school as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts," on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area
As part of Caribbean Day of Service, Latter-day Saints collect trash in Guyana on Nov. 2, 2013.
As part of Caribbean Day of Service, Latter-day Saints collect trash in Guyana on Nov. 2, 2013. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area

Many events took place throughout the Dominican Republic. In the Santiago north stake, the members cleaned, painted and built playgrounds in different schools and childcare centers. In two wards in the Ozama stake, members organized health fairs. In the Independencia stake, several projects went on throughout their region. In the Hospital Santo Socorro in Santo Domingo, 88 people cleaned waiting rooms, bathrooms, external walls and internal walls, gardens and patios. Several needy families were helped when Piantini Ward members cleaned yards and made repairs. A community cemetery was cleaned in the Villa Mella stake.

Members in Independencia clean up garbage as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day.
Members in Independencia clean up garbage as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area
Members in Kingtown, St. Vincent, as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day.
Members in Kingtown, St. Vincent, as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area

The members in Saint Maarten participated in two service projects. One was with the Nature Foundation in doing a beach cleanup in Guana The other was painting Oranje School in Philipsburg in preparation for the visit of the king and queen of the Netherlands.

On the Atlantic Ocean side of Tobago Island, 33 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers participated in cleaning the Lambeau Beach. In just two hours, they collected approximately 80 large bags of trash.

In the Georgetown Group, all five members and 21 neighbors and children, cleaned the beach.

Sixteen Church members in St. Lucia went to St. Lucy’s Rest Home and sang hymns and visited with the residents.

Helping Hands volunteers in San Juan, Puerto Rico, serve as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day.
Helping Hands volunteers in San Juan, Puerto Rico, serve as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area

Members from Vieux Fort cleaned up a local beach.

In Guyana, members of the Rose Hall Branch in Berbice slashed the overgrown weeds surrounding the Port Mourant Nursery School and painted a cross walk.

More than 100 members of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Stake spent the day of service beautifying the grounds of the National Theater in Port-au-Prince, planting 60 fruit trees, and cleaning the grounds.

Members in Santiago North Stake beautify community as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day.
Members in Santiago North Stake beautify community as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area
LDS youth in Tobago clean beach as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day.
LDS youth in Tobago clean beach as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the service on the day. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area
Members from Villa Mela clean and beautify cemetery as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the day of service.
Members from Villa Mela clean and beautify cemetery as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the day of service. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area
Youth in Tobago clean beach as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean  participated in the day of service.
Youth in Tobago clean beach as part of an International Day of Service, Hands and Hearts, on Nov. 2, 2013. Members in many countries in the Caribbean participated in the day of service. Photo: Photo courtesy Caribbean Area