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'Providing hope': LDS female leaders support children in foster care

Members of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary general presidencies of the LDS Church met in Oklahoma City last week to offer support to children in foster care.
Members of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary general presidencies of the LDS Church met in Oklahoma City last week to offer support to children in foster care.
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Religious, business and government leaders gathered in Oklahoma City at a community breakfast last week in support of families and children in foster care, reported Mormon Newsroom.

Representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were Sister Jean B. Bingham, general president of the Relief Society, Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, first counselor in the Primary general presidency.

“It was a gathering of 'one heart and one mind' as members of various churches met at the breakfast to share ideas for strengthening homes and providing hope for foster children,” Sister Marriott told Mormon Newsroom.

According to the article, Sister Marriott and her husband raised a foster daughter in addition to their 11 children. Sister Bingham and her husband were also foster parents to teens and children, “many of whom they consider part of their family,” the article stated.

The LDS leaders delivered a donation of over $12,000 to the nonprofit organization Sunbeam Family Services in the form of items such as car seats and blankets. According to Mormon Newsroom, it was the largest in-kind donation the organization has received.

Jewish, Baptist and Protestant leaders were also in attendance, in addition to U.S. Congressman Steve Russell.

“It was heartwarming to see the community support for children in foster care,” Sister Bingham told Mormon Newsroom. “We can all do something to show our love for God and His children by serving others, which begins in our own homes and communities."