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Over 4,000 Mormon Volunteers Commemorate Colorado Statehood Day

COLORADO — Last week, over 4,000 Mormon volunteers contributed to Colorado Cares Day — a program to commemorate Colorado statehood by having citizens become involved in community service projects.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worked alongside people of other faiths to:

  • Help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Assist with conservation efforts by repairing trails and clearing properties.
  • Assemble care kits for homeless shelters and living centers. One group assembled 600 personal hygiene kits and donated them to a family health center.
  • Paint homes.
  • Gather food for food banks. In one area, Church members worked with two Catholic congregations to collect 18,000 pounds of food and supplies for a Highlands Ranch food bank.

"This has become a tradition during the past eight years," said Ilene Dibble, a Church spokeswoman. "Youth and adults plan projects in the summer to benefit Colorado communities."

Service to others has always been a tenet of the faith and a reflection of a Christ-centered life.

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