In October, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru participated in service projects, donated food and supplies to people in need and delivered wheelchairs to patients.
On October 13, the Church donated 500 bags of basic food supplies to people in need in the Province of Tayacaja in the region of Huancavelica. The event was organized by the Joint Command of the Peruvian Armed Forces as part of a collaboration with civic, governmental and local organizations, according to the Church’s Peru Newsroom.
The first lady of Peru, Lilia Paredes, was present and thanked the Church and the organizations that participated for their efforts to benefit vulnerable populations.
Paredes wrote on Facebook that apart from the food, the donation also included 200 pairs of shoes: “Special thanks to the Women’s Ministry and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their important role in helping to meet the needs of the population from this area of our country,” he said.
The next day, in the San Juan de Lurigancho area, the Church made a donation of 120 bags of goods to families in need, with more bulk food being donated to two food kitchens in the community.
The second counselor in the presidency of Lima Peru Wiesse Stake, President Luis T. Lazo Arevalo, was accompanied by local Church Welfare and Self-Reliance managers and senior missionary couples to make the formal presentation.
The donation was in collaboration with the Guatemalan Consulate in the city of Lima, the Peruvian Newsroom reported.
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 from the Cusco Peru Stake and Cusco Peru Inti Raymi Stake participated in a day of community service at a shelter for minors in their community.
On October 15, the volunteers weeded and planted in the gardens, washed dishes and cleaned clothes at the San Judas Chico Children’s Shelter in Cusco, the Peruvian Newsroom reported.
Heidi Sánchez Huamán, who took part in the service activity, said: “It makes me happy to be able to help others, because when we are in the service of our fellow men, we are only in the service of God.”
On October 17, young men and women aged 14 to 17 from the Piura Peru Castilla Stake participated in a day of service at a school in Piura.
The youngster cleaned the inside and outside of the educational facility, helped decorate the classrooms and restored the school’s bulletin board. They also cleaned and washed games and maintained the gardens at the study centre.
The Peruvian Newsroom reported that the director of the school thanked the young men and women for their interest in the welfare of others and for improving the school’s conditions.
In exchange for this, the young man explained that they do the service to follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ and express their joy in benefiting the community.
Donation of a wheelchair
The Church donated 290 wheelchairs to the National Institute for Rehabilitation at its offices in Chorrillos on October 13 – which is also the National Day of People with Disabilities in Peru.
Peru Newsroom reported that Lima Peru Chorrillos Stake President Luis A. Zegarra was accompanied by Welfare and Self-Reliance Services missionaries and other local Church authorities for the donation.
During a special programme, the organization showed its work and patients showed their sports and dance skills. Gratitude was also expressed for the Church’s gift and help to reintegrate patients into society.