The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will celebrate the National Day of Service on April 27, 2013. On this day, thousands of Mormon Helping Hands volunteers from 1,121 congregations all over the Philippines, together with their neighbors, will troop to the streets to clean surroundings, plant trees and mangroves, do coastal clean-ups, paint fences and do other service projects that will benefit the community.
The 2012 National Day of Service logged more than 350,000 man-hours of service from Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in partnership with Earth Day Network Philippines.
For 2013, the National Day of Service will be celebrated in partnership with Luntiang Pilipinas (Green Philippines). Trees will be planted in as many areas as possible. A training on how to prepare a 72 hour kit will be conducted in different barangays. During disasters, a 72 hour kit could help a person survive for three days before outside help arrives.
Service projects like these are taking place throughout the world often. Latter-day Saints join with their neighbors of other faith to clean and beautify their communities. The Church’s Helping Hands program started more than 10 years ago as a way for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints to reach out to others in a spirit of friendship and service. /MP