SEOUL, Korea — Relief kits packaged by members of the Seoul Korea Stake brought comfort to residents of flood-ravaged Gangneung City in September. Typhoon Rusa ravaged the area on the east coast of Korea.
"It was the most serious disaster ever in the history of the city and so many people lost the houses and their properties," said Mayor Ki-Seob Shim. "They were discouraged and did not know what to do."
He expressed his deep gratitude for the Church welfare assistance. "This kind of aid will give great comfort and strength to the people of our city and I would like to express our thanks and gratitude on behalf of people of Gangneung City."
Elder Won-Yong Ko, Area Authority Seventy, delivered the 2,000 relief kits to the mayor. They included a blanket, a towel, cleaning supplies such as soap, toothbrush and toothpaste. The kits also contained a card written by members and a letter issued by the Church.
Accompanying Elder Ko on the relief mission were Brother Yoon-Hwan Choi, manager of the Church's Korea Service Center; President Rex O. Carlson of the Korea Seoul Mission; and Brother Tae-Su Byun, Gangneung Branch president.
The kits were packaged the day before they were delivered as several sisters, on short notice, gathered in the cultural hall of the Sindang Ward meetinghouse. More than 130 boxes of blankets were piled up on one side of the room and other boxes containing towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and soap were piled up on the other side.
As time passed, more members arrived and began to write cards with kind and encouraging words for the flood victims and then put their efforts into packing the relief supplies.