News Release

Young People Give Warmth And Service to Homeless in Winter


Young people from the Campbelltown 1st Ward (congregation) of Sydney Macarthur Stake (diocese) recently chose to spend a Friday night away from their warm houses in service of the homeless in downtown Sydney. The theme of their service was “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Along with their leaders, the group of young people, ages 12 to 18 years, travelled to areas of Woolloomooloo to distribute food and warm clothing to those in need. The young men’s leader, Sama Sauvao, remarked, “We asked each youth to bring items from home such as clothing, gloves and beanies, cans of food and blankets to provide to those in need. The youth came in abundance.”

One young person, Josephine Zinck, conveyed, “I was able to witness many less fortunate people who have nothing…We should be grateful for the Gospel and our families.”

Another young man, Samual Moran, reflected on how he was “touched by the gesture” of his youth leader who gave away the shoes on his feet to a man without shoes and who needed them more in these cold seasons.

The young people stayed to converse with their homeless friends after they had distributed all the food, clothing and blankets. The expressions of gratitude were mutual. The recipients were thankful for the small gesture of kindness. The youth, likewise, shared expressions of love and gratitude with each other as they travelled home. They were, indeed, grateful that they could offer small acts of service to their brothers and sisters in need.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve locally and around the world as they strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ.

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