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Relief Society Sisters in Tennessee ‘Pray, Serve and Rescue’ During Women’s Day of Service

Pray, serve and rescue was this year’s theme of the Chattanooga’s Women’s Day of Service in Tennessee on Saturday, March 7, 2020, where more than 140 women joined in serving their community.


“We are blessed to be a part of the work of [the] Relief Society [women’s organization],” Celeste Ward said, Chattanooga Stake Relief Society president.

During the day of service, Relief Society sisters worked on service projects from different local organizations, including Chattanooga Community Kitchen and the Salvation Army.

Several women cut and tied fleece blankets that were later donated to children at local hospitals, including Erlanger Hospital Others made and distributed meals to people in need.   

More than 25 baby gowns, made of donated wedding dresses for burial services, were sewn. The gowns will be donated to families who have lost a child.

Volunteers at the Salvation Army packaged more than 600 gift bags and wrote letters of encouragement to people in their community.

Other service projects included taking picture of headstones to preserve cemetery records, cleaning and organizing warehouses, and painting bedrooms and bathrooms at a women’s shelter.

The local congregation invited all women of faith to participate in the Relief Society organization and said it is important to take care of the people around you.

“We are to look after each other, as Jesus Christ would do,” Ward said. “This is why we encourage all adult women in [the] Relief Society to serve where they live, every day, every year—beyond annual days of service.”

The Relief Society organization currently has 12 Relief Society units in Chattanooga.

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