BILLINGS, Mont. Some 200 members of the Church in Billings, Mont., joined with others in the community, including other faith groups, for the fifth annual Hearts and Hands Day on Aug. 6. Sponsored by the Relief Society of the Billings Montana Stake, participants gathered at the stake center to sew warm items for the homeless, assemble hygiene and comfort kits for abused women, tie quilts and collect layette kits for new babies, sew walker and wheelchair bags for nursing home residents and donate blood for the local bank.
All of the items made and all of the services benefited local relief organizations.
"It's an opportunity for folks to work together with people, women mostly, of other faiths," said President Mark Andersen, first counselor in the Billings stake presidency. "It's a unifying thing and all of the things produced are returned to the community. It's had a very positive response."