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Bishop Caussé Thanks UNICEF and Church Members for COVID-19 Relief

Latter-day Saint Charities is helping UNICEF get COVID-19 vaccines to 196 participating COVAX countries and economies by the end of 2021

This article was first published on March 5, 2021. The page was updated on April 7, 2021, with a message of gratitude from UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore (see the end of the article).


In a new video, Bishop Gérald Caussé expressed gratitude to UNICEF and to members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their collective efforts to combat COVID-19.

“We are grateful to the members of the Church and friends who have made this donation possible,” the Church’s Presiding Bishop said, referring to the US$20 million donation to UNICEF that the Church announced on February 26.

Bishop Caussé thanked UNICEF for its indispensable service, both before and during the pandemic. “You have done so much to care for children and their families and help meet their basic needs and fulfill their potential,” he said.

“We hold hope in our hearts, not only of overcoming the pandemic, but of seeing a brighter future for all children, their parents and their families,” Bishop Caussé concluded. “This future becomes a reality as we follow the example of Jesus Christ in loving our neighbor and seeking out those in need.”

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore expressed her gratitude to Latter-day Saint Charities for its donation.

“Your support will ensure that the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed equitably to countries around the world. Because no one is safe until everyone is safe,” Fore says. “UNICEF values the unique role that our faith-based partners play in reaching communities around the world. When we join forces around our shared commitment to children’s well-being, the power of our collective impact creates truly transformational change.”

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