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Latter-day Saints Join Other Faiths to Change Women's Lives

Joint service project produces 2,000 kits to help disadvantaged women and girls

Latter-day Saint volunteers in Rocklin, California, joined people of other faiths in a service project that promises to change the lives of disadvantaged girls and women around the world.

“All these hands working together truly will transform lives,” said Celeste Mergens, founder of Days for Girls.

Some 2,000 hygiene kits, made specially to assist women during menstruation, were assembled at the Rocklin Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“This gives them back their days, days of dignity and health and opportunity and unity, to use their days to the fullest,” added Mergens. “It really makes a difference. It changes their lives significantly.”

Around 1,000 volunteers from five churches and other community organizations worked shoulder to shoulder to complete the labor of love.

“Churches [are] closer together in this community because we've realized we have many more commonalities than differences,” said Reverend Alison Berry of United Methodist Church in Loomis, California. “This project has allowed us to come together and serve.”

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