The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been serving the greater Wichita community and our vulnerable neighbors for many years. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, the church has congregations throughout the United States, including one in Wichita. The Wichita church’s, nearly 10,000 members devote themselves to serving one another and their community–HumanKind and our clients are fortunate to benefit from this generosity first-hand.
Susan Schleiger and John Rather oversee volunteers at the church. They told us how they started preparing and serving weekly meals to clients staying in our winter shelters. “We recruit our church members to serve food every Monday night, all winter long. It is a wonderful thing of fellowship and family with people who are in the hardest part of their life.”
In addition to their weekly service, The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints is a long-time supporter of Operation Holiday. This year is no exception–earlier this month, The church delivered two semi-trucks (80,000 lbs) of nonperishable foods to the Operation Holiday Warehouse.
This generous gift comes from one of the church’s Bishop’s Storehouses—a free food and commodity resource operated by the church and used to help communities in need around the world. Operated almost entirely by volunteers, storehouses provide fresh and non-perishable foods, hygiene products, household cleaning supplies, and more at no cost, and many food items are grown or made by the church and its members. Their donation will be distributed during Operation Holiday and help thousands of low-income individuals and families in Sedgwick County get through the winter season.
When asked why they serve the Wichita community, Susan and John’s answer is simple: “Because we are a part of the community.”
HumanKind is so thankful to be a part of that community and experience first-hand just how much good The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints does.