In this day when the economy is bad and many people are out of work and in need, I and many others, would like to extend a thanks to those who were involved in keeping the true spirit of Jesus Christ alive and fulfilling his words, "inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matt. 25:40). A heartfelt thank to all!
Sincere appreciation goes to those who spent time in organizing the event and volunteers, the purpose of which was to help members and non-members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This event was open to anyone, no matter what religion, race or language and took place Jan. 21, 23, and 24. It was sponsored by the Weber Heights Stake. People were encouraged to donate any items of their choice and take them the evening before. Such items were set up in the recreation hall. There were new and used clothing for adults and children, shoes, coats, pants, shirts, dresses, Christmas decorations, books, VHS tapes, DVDs, television sets, radios light fixtures, lamps, mechanical tools, furniture, chairs and tables, dishes, pots and pans and other kitchen items. I could go on and on. The items were free for the taking. Plastic bags were provided to put things in.
What touched my heart was the fact that many of the people attending were out of work and had no income to buy things for their children. I heard comments like, "This is a God send." To see the little ones go to piles of children's clothes and toys and pick out what they wanted was heart warming!
The snowy weather did not keep large crowds from coming. At its close, everything that was left over was loaded into vehicles and taken to Deseret Industries.
It is hoped that what was done here will spread to other stakes of the church in order to be of service in helping others in their times of need.
Jerome R. Willden