Members of the Peoria North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently combined two community service projects into one large project to benefit the City of Peoria as well as a food bank in Avondale and the Waste Not food collection agency.
Throughout October, donations from the seven wards in the North Peoria area and Sun City were collected and a total of more than $5,900 was given to Waste Not to purchase holiday turkeys for distribution to local food banks. This is the 10th year church members in North Peoria have contributed to a Turkey Drive for the community.
More than 700 members of the Peoria North Stake joined together Oct. 23 in nine different areas of the City of Peoria to clean parks and retention basins, trim trees & bushes, spread granite along the roadway, chop weeds and haul trash and debris from river beds. Families worked together and wore bright yellow tee shirts with the "Mormon Helping Hands" logo on the backs.
At the same time, these nine locations were used to collect more than 800 pounds of canned goods that were then donated to the Agua Fria Food Bank in Avondale. The food drive is an annual project of the women of the Relief Society of the Peoria North Stake and is timed to benefit those who need assistance during the holidays.
Members of the Church look forward to making this type of service project an annual event, said spokesperson Terry Brown, joining in with the National Make a Difference Day each October as part of the Mormon Helping Hands Service Project Day.