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Cook letter: Mormon volunteers aid hurricane cleanup

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Approximately 125 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in the Indian Land and Fort Mill area traveled to areas affected by Hurricane Florence during a month’s worth of  weekends to assist in the cleanup effort.
Specifically, they assisted residents in Fayetteville, Wallace and Wilmington, N.C. They were asked to report to their assignments on Saturday at 9 a.m., issued yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” T-shirts and worked through Sunday afternoon.
Makeshift campgrounds were set up on LDS church-owned property. Almost 2,500 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from across the Southeast volunteered and contributed more than 40,000 hours of labor. The effort concentrated on cleaning flooded homes, as well as cutting up fallen trees. 
“There were a number of touching experiences, and one could argue that miracles happened in being led to people who needed help,” said Jacob Hawkins, a member of the Indian Land LDS ward.
 Blake Smith, president of the LDS Fort Mill Stake, noted, “What an amazing and incredible experience it was to help out brothers and sisters in need.” 
Mormon Helping Hands is a name under which members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perform volunteer service. Mormon Helping Hands started in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew. 
Terry Cook
Indian Land

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