Members and missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were among thousands who volunteered to help clean up and provide relief after recent catastrophic flooding devastated parts of Europe.

Record rainfall in Germany, Belgium and neighboring countries in July caused hundreds of deaths and destroyed homes and buildings.

The church responded by asking Latter-day Saints to serve those in need.

Massive floods in Europe have caused destruction across 5 countries
Church encourages members to help victims and communities destroyed by flooding in Europe

Members answered the call and there was an “outpouring of kindness, love and unity,” Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Seventy said Thursday in a news release.

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“As a church, we’re deeply grateful to all who’ve sacrificed their time and resources to help those in need,” said Elder Kopischke, who serves in the church’s Europe Area presidency. “Seeing our missionaries and members serving alongside with neighbors, friends, and with total strangers, fills our hearts with humility and joy.”

Wearing bright yellow vests that say “Helping Hands,” missionaries and local members went to work and provided an estimated 12,000 volunteer hours of service in Germany alone, the news release said.

Read the full news release at

Latter-day Saint volunteers from the U.S. Gulf Coast states have also recently provided assistance, relief and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Ida.

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