EAST LANSING MI- Despite the rain today– hundreds of volunteers spread across Mid-Michigan to lend a helping hand as a part of the second annual Lansing-Michigan day of service.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in East Lansing, and the City of Lansing partnered up with organizations and over 600 volunteers to serve the community.
“We have focused on the city of Lansing because we see the need, there’s a great need of a lot of people and so we’ve all come from all over the state to come here.” Laura Hunter a Mormon Helping Hands volunteer said.
While the focus was on Lansing 32 teams spread across 6 counties, including Eaton County, Clinton County, Shiawassee County, and Jackson.
The teams cleaned up parks, playgrounds, cemeteries and other locations
“You beautify things it lifts peoples spirits it lifts the city, it makes you feel good where you are at.” John Coakley of Lansing Michigan Stake said.
One today’s projects included packing items for Eve’s house, a domestic violence shelter and Advent house, a transitional home for homeless families.
Items such as razors, soap, sponges, and toothpaste were stuffed in bags to donate to the two shelters.
In addition to the volunteering today, the church also raised 12,000 dollars in donations that will help meet the needs at the two shelters through the rest of the year.