Relief Society sisters in Scotland help meet needs around world

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Relief Society sisters of the Edinburgh Scotland Stake met recently for a "Super Service Day" to help meet some of the needs of others throughout the world. Maureen McIntyre, from Livingston, set up a charity to help children in one part of Africa gain the education they so desperately want. Many women helped this charity.

Others made school bags, pencil cases and a story sack with puppets for the children. They also attached ribbons and a poem to little "boxes of love," which are to be sold to raise much needed funds to build a school.

Many had accepted a challenge to bring knitted or crocheted squares with them, and some women joined them together to make blankets. Another group of women made cot sheets. Both of these items were for Edinburgh Direct Aid. The women also made bags, which were then filled with essential toiletries for women.

In all, the Relief Society members completed 50 school bags, 30 pencil cases, a story sack with puppets, 400 "love boxes," 70 cot sheets, 10 cot blankets, 18 large blankets and 24 toiletry bags. In addition, two large boxes of home baking were packed for the Ark, a charity which helps feed the homeless.

While all this was going on, there was one other group who spent the morning learning to sing many war-time and old-time songs, as well as songs from films and shows.

After lunch, they sang to everyone else before going to a local retirement center where they entertained the staff and residents. According to Karen Allen, stake director of public affairs, everyone enjoyed the day of service so much that many asked, "When can we do this again?"

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