Helping Hands is a day set aside annually by the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a world-wide day of service. Each stake (equivalent to a diocese) around the globe determines local needs and how they can best help their communities. Hundreds of thousands of people are involved in these efforts, from Meadow Vista to Moscow.
Members of the church in the Auburn Stake chose to do two different projects. The first was at North Star House, where members of the Foresthill branch and the Alta Sierra Ward combined efforts Saturday to improve and renovate the area.
In the Colfax, Meadow Vista, Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Grass Valley and Nevada City areas, members participated in a stake-wide canned food drive to benefit four organizations: the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet, Peace for Families, Interfaith Food Closet of Nevada County and the Nevada County Food Bank.
On Saturday, April 28, more than 16,000 canned and boxed food items were collected in front of the Auburn Grocery Outlet. They were sorted and distributed the same day on a need basis, as requested by the four organizations. Many local patrons of Auburn Grocery Outlet also contributed, as they saw the large vehicle and helped with the cause. In previous weeks, members of the church distributed thousands of fliers door to door in Auburn, Colfax, Nevada City and Grass Valley neighborhoods to notify residents of the drive and ask for their support.
Families in each ward participated to render service in their personal communities, as well as to have an opportunity to become better acquainted with their neighbors, build family unity and help teach their children the joy in serving others.
The church extends appreciation to the owners and managers of Grocery Outlet for their support and help. Thanks also go to Staples in Auburn, which assisted with printing fliers and packing tape supplies, and to Stifel Nicolaus for donating several hundred boxes to package and deliver the canned goods to the organizations.
~ Margot Schulzke