SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says humanitarian efforts are underway in Eastern Europe in light of the attacks in Ukraine.
In a press release Thursday, church officials said relief efforts had been in the works since the early hours of armed conflict in Ukraine. Church leaders have contacted organizations and leaders in the area to assess needs and purchase supplies, officials said.
“Through decades of experience providing assistance for natural disasters, refugee crises and other humanitarian conditions, we have developed a tried and tested model for identifying needs and delivering assistance,” The Church said in a statement. “This model involves empowering local leaders to use the church’s financial resources to purchase goods and services in the local economy to provide what is really needed.”
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Church officials say sleeping bags, cots and tents are being delivered to local government agencies and other organizations helping refugees arriving in neighboring countries.
“Additional help is being organized,” the church statement said.
Church leaders encourage members of the Church to fast and pray for those affected and to donate through the Church Humanitarian Fund as they seek additional ways to make a contribution.
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In Ukraine there are approximately 11,242 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with 48 congregations across the country. There are also two missions inside Ukraine. The temple in Kyiv is the only temple in the country.