News Release

Serving as the Saviour Taught


In the scriptures we read, "...inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." That is what members of the Eltham Ward (congregation) of the Heidelberg Stake (diocese) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did on Saturday. The service activity was for the Pacific Area "Day of Service" on 27 October 2018.

Earlier in the week, children, teenagers and young single adults from the Eltham Ward gathered in Doreen to pass out flyers throughout multiple neighbourhoods. These flyers advised those living in the homes that members of the ward would come around on Saturday to pick up non-perishable goods to be given to Diamond Valley Foodshare. The Foodshare organisation would then see that the donated items are given to those in need. 

Diamond Valley FoodShare was established in 1992 and is based in Greensborough. It is a voluntary organisation that provides free emergency food parcels to around 400 individuals a month. Their services are for people who need assistance to survive unemployment, homelessness, illness or any other family crisis.  

President Brett Sayer, a member of the Heidelberg Stake Presidency, and the person who started this service relationship between members of the stake and the Diamond Valley Foodshare five years ago said, "The people are very generous and willing to give items from their pantry. Even if they don't have food they sometimes go to the store to get some. When people give us items, they feel good themselves. We are providing the opportunity for others to give."

Shari Haydon who helped with the service project said, "It helps those who are needy in the community. In a small way, we are doing what the Saviour would have us do."

Eltham Ward Bishop Eric Lemalu shared his thoughts of the day, "This service project gives us an opportunity to help the members hasten the work of the Lord, and also help the people in the community understand and appreciate our church better by our providing service."

All those involved felt good about the service they were able to render to the community.

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