More than 200 sisters of the Ulaanbaatar Mongolia District's 11 branches recently gathered to assemble 500 layettes for needy parents of newborn babies in the country.
Many of the sisters traveled long distances in bitter winter weather to the Church's headquarters located in the north Asian country's capital city. Ulaanbaatar is considered the coldest capital city in the world.
Managing the project was Sister B. Chuluuntsetseg, second counselor in the district Relief Society presidency. "This project not only helped the sisters to learn quilt making, but most important, it united them all in a common purpose and helped them feel the joy that comes through giving service," she said. In addition to Relief Society sisters, many young women joined in the work.
Each layette included a quilt, small jacket, four cloth diapers, a receiving blanket, socks, hat and a block of soap. Funds for the project came from Deseret International Charities, the humanitarian service arm of the Church.
Sister Christine Hitchmough, a full-time senior missionary, reported that all available space in the Church building was a beehive of activity on the day of the project. "Everywhere you looked, people were working," she said.
District President Odgerel (many Mongolians use only one name) praised the work of the Relief Society sisters and the young women. "I can see this project was needed for the Mongolian new babies and their mothers," he said.
The layettes are now being distributed to the needy in hospitals throughout the country.