News Release

Thanksgiving Dinners Donated to the Homeless

The Church teams up with the Salvation Army to bring Thanksgiving meals to those in need.


Knowing the need at Thanksgiving time, the humanitarian department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guam made a sizeable donation of funds to the Salvation Army. The funds were used to purchase food for Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless people on the island.                        

Plans were made for the delivery of the food all over the island. In years past, dinner was served in a central location.   This year, it was decided to box the dinners and deliver them to those in need. This method would require many drivers to be able to deliver the food while it was hot.

Preparations also included identifying where the homeless were living and how to find them. A map of some of the known locations was made and handed out to those making the deliveries. 

The Church Senior Missionary couples volunteered to assist in the delivery effort. It was determined that the best time of day to find the homeless was at sunrise.

Early morning Thanksgiving Day dozens of volunteers including twelve senior missionaries, arrived to receive their assigned routes. It was obvious that the planning was meticulous, and drivers were quickly on their way.

It was a very rewarding day for all who participated. The need was obvious, and the gratitude of the recipients was sincere.  There were three hundred and eighty food boxes delivered.  Unfortunately, this still was not quite enough.    

The reach of the project was as expected, including many more of those in need. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has participated with the Salvation Army in many different projects because of their ability to plan and execute relief projects such as this.

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