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1,000 serve in Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, Alberta — An army of more than 1,000 members from three southern Alberta stakes, assisted by community partners, arrived at the City of Lethbridge and surrounding towns and villages to dedicate four hours of service to their respective communities.

The yearly gift of service to the City of Lethbridge was to spread mulch under trees and shrubs in many of the large green areas in the City. In the small towns it was to clean up cemeteries and parks or participate in community celebrations. Family members of all ages worked together to spread the mulch, which is spread under the trees to protect them from drying out in the arid summers.

Simultaneously two massive quilting bees were assembled in two locations with more than 200 workers tying about 80 quilts (single and baby) for use in hospitals, homeless shelters, local rehabilitation centers and Victim Services, an organization which provides support for those who experience a sudden death or accident. They carry quilts to comfort children who experience trauma.

Some of the small towns had other work projects for which service clubs and members of the Church worked side by side to make successful. These projects are becoming yearly events and bring back the spirit of unity with everyone working for a common goal.

The projects were organized by the Lethbridge Tri-stake Public Affairs Council under the direction of President L. David McLachlan and chaired by the Lethbridge East Stake.