Youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered at their church building in Garren, Canberra recently to prepare 200 meals for individuals going through tough times in their city.
The Latter-day Saint teenagers cooked bolognaise sauce and Italian vegetable soup which they packed into 200 food packs. The packs were frozen for later use by the Red Cross Road House Service in providing meals to homeless individuals.
On the day the youth also cut and tied 18 fleece blankets which were given to St. Vincent de Paul to provide to people feeling the cold this winter.
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Latter-day Saint youth leader, Sean Kikkert, spoke to the youth about why serving others is so important.
He told them that while providing food and shelter for homeless individuals is important, it is just as important to treat all people with dignity and respect.
“Sometimes,” he said, “homeless people feel like they are separate from society, and that people look through them. They feel that others are judging them on their appearance, rather than looking on their hearts.”
“It’s important to remember that God loves all His children, and we can help our homeless brothers and sisters feel that they are valued by Him and us.”
Read more about the youth service activity in the Canberra Times.