As part of its on-going humanitarian effort to relieve suffering in Armenia, where a devastating earthquake struck in the Soviet Union Dec. 7, 1988, the Church has donated 10,000 pounds of powdered milk.
The milk came from Church welfare system dairy farms in the Salt Lake Valley and was processed at the Church's dairy complex on Welfare Square. Half the shipment was in 21/2-pound packages and the remainder was in bulk packaging.Sent to Southern California, where it was to be loaded along with goods from other organizations and relief agencies, the milk was to be placed on a plane bound for Armenia on Dec. 1.
Since there is a milk shortage in Armenia, the Church's shipment will help meet a critical need, particularly for infants and children.
The Church's shipment of milk to Armenia is one of several efforts to assist victims of the earthquake. On Dec. 14, 1988, just a week after the earthquake struck, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Council of the Twelve made a special trip to the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C. On behalf of the Church, he presented to Soviet Ambassador Yuri V. Dubinin a check for $100,000 for relief in the aftermath of the earthquake.
On June 20, Elder Nelson delivered to the Soviet ambassador a check from the Church for $75,000 to be used for a children's relief fund.
In Moscow on Aug. 8, Elder Nelson, again on behalf of the Church, joined with officials in the Soviet Union and leaders of an American charitable organization in signing a "memorandum of understanding." The memorandum was an agreement that the Church would assist in relief for homeless victims in Armenia. As part of that agreement, the Church announced plans to provide experts to assist with the rebuilding of housing for the victims of the earthquake. That project is expected to get under way in the spring of 1990.