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LDS Church releases 2021 Annual Report on aid efforts

By Genelle Pugmire - | May 13, 2022

Courtesy Intellectual Reserve

Families throughout the world have received and given humanitarian aid and service through the organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the world carry the mission of service and care to those in need. On Friday, the church released its annual report on the acts of goodwill and charitable giving.

“The 2021 Annual Report: How the Church of Jesus Christ Cared for God’s Children” indicates that the church engaged in 3,909 humanitarian projects in 188 countries last year. This outreach, an increase from 2020, included $906 million in expenditures and 6.8 million hours of voluntary service according to the church.

“As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we commit to living the two great commandments: to love God and to love our neighbor,” the First Presidency wrote in the report’s introduction. “As a Church, we are blessed to have the ability, global connections, and resources to follow His admonition. … We are grateful for the selfless and faithful offerings of Church members and friends who make this possible. We invite all to join in being ‘anxiously engaged in a good cause’ as we continue to strengthen one another through service.”

The First Presidency includes church President Russell M. Nelson, Presidents Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring.

Additional information released from the report includes the following:

Global humanitarian initiatives

  • 1.74 million people helped through clean water and sanitation projects.
  • Over 600,000 students served through education initiatives.
  • 135 mobility projects in 57 countries and territories.
  • 104 food security projects worldwide.

The church report lists a variety of organizations they worked with, including Concern Worldwide, Catholic Relief Services, UNICEF USA, Water For People, WaterAid, CharityVision and Lions Club International Foundation. They wrote that initiatives improved food security, clean water and sanitation systems across the globe.

They also enabled better access to vision care, immunizations, wheelchair and mobility assistance, and maternal and newborn care for thousands of people worldwide.

Gateways to quality education were provided by the Church’s own Perpetual Education Fund, Benson Scholarship program, BYU-Pathway Worldwide, EnglishConnect and programs designed for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

Emergency response

  • 1 billion vaccine doses distributed.
  • 80 million pounds of food donated.
  • Over 105,000 individual donors at Church-sponsored blood drives.
  • 199 emergency response projects in 61 countries and territories.
  • 585 COVID-19 projects in 76 countries and territories.

Blood drives were a core component of the Church of Jesus Christ’s emergency response in 2021. Latter-day Saints not only make regular blood donations, according to church information, but also assist with scheduling and promoting drives, recruiting individuals to register and assisting with logistical needs on the day of a drive.

“So many Church members give the gift of life by donating blood,” said American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern in a press release. “We get 100,000 units of blood from the Church every year. There is no organization, no institution anywhere, that comes close to that. From a very personal perspective, I am in awe of your community’s commitment to faith and service.”

Missionaries, member volunteers and JustServe

  • 58,981,916 pounds of goods recycled by Deseret Industries.
  • 137,458 participants in self-reliance groups.
  • 62,000 new local community volunteers registered through JustServe.org.
  • 21,500 new JustServe volunteer projects created.
  • 11,329 Welfare and Self-Reliance missionaries and long-term volunteers.
  • 9,054 Deseret Industries associates served.
  • 2,800 addiction recovery program meetings per week in 30 countries and in 17 languages.
  • 2,500 new organizations registered on JustServe.org.

In addition to the Church’s organized humanitarian efforts, Latter-day Saints spent countless hours ministering in their own communities, engaging in community service projects and more.

“We express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have generously donated or volunteered their time and efforts to these humanitarian causes,” the 2021 report concludes. “Your service has not gone unnoticed. Many have given of their means through Church Philanthropies, and even more have given online or through their bishops. Because of your contributions of time, resources, energy, and compassion, we are able to make a difference in the lives of thousands around the world and learn from those who have been served.”

The full report can be found online at http://churchofjesuschrist.org.

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