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7,000 students render service

PROVO, Utah — More than 7,000 Orem Institute students participated in an annual service project recently, donating hours of service and money to help provide toys for needy children.

An effort was made to encourage each of the 7,138 students enrolled to provide service to the community. Many students donated money. Others organized fund-raising projects in the community. For example, some 220 hours were given by institute students at the Orem City Library, with a sizable contribution from generous patrons. Decorating homes, raking leaves, cleaning garages and garage sales were among other fund-raising projects.

Members build five homes

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Members of Fort Myers Florida Stake recently worked together building five "Habitat for Humanity" homes. The project was part of an annual service day started in 1997 during the Church's pioneer sesquicentennial celebration.

The building effort did not stop with the homes; members of the Naples ward constructed five birdhouses that were presented to the new home owners at the completion of the service project. Bishop Courtney H. Eagleston of the Naples Ward said the service activity was a lot of fun. "We want to do it again," he said.

Quilts bring joy

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — During much of November and December, Relief Society sisters in the Charleston 2nd Ward, Charleston West Virginia Stake, tied lap quilts for patients of the Cedar Ridge Nursing Home here.

The quilts were recently delivered to the retirement home and delighted many residents. One recipient was so excited that he carried the lap quilt from room to room in the facility showing it to others. "It was a joy to see the excitement that the lap quilts brought to the patients," said Betty Y. Montgomery, who participated in the project.

Readers from around the world are invited to submit news items and photos for this feature on Church events worldwide. Submissions should include a telephone number of someone who can be contacted for additional information. Items should be mailed to Church News, "From Around the World," attention Sarah Jane Weaver, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84110. Fax number: (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail: [email protected]

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