All the while Mission to the World (PCA) is on the ground delivering food and water. Samaritan’s Purse is loading a 747 full of food and emergency supplies. (Probably already enroute)
Both are caring for the physical needs of all who show up. LDS response? Well, sounds like an Amway response.
NOTE: This is the VALUE of aid given NOT necessarily the actual dollar amount. LDS members individually donate above tithing to a humanitarian account and hygiene kits sent to disaster sites are generally assembled by wards from material donations by members and then sent to SLC for distribution.
From the "Humanitarian Services" website, HERE
As the Church responds to humanitarian needs worldwide, the need for specific types of donations varies.
Currently, the items listed below would be most beneficial:
Updated: January 2011
"Unique in its support structure, Latter-day Saint Charities has access to the resources of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which include food production and processing, grain storage, vocational rehabilitation, donated used clothing, and employment and social services. Largely run with volunteer labor, Latter-day Saint Charities operates both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments. Last year, over one million mandays of labor were contributed by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives."
I applaud LDS MEMBERS for their humanitarian contributions...one has to wonder, though, how much more per capita could be donated if church revenue from its many for-profit enterprises were tapped as well.
Samaritains Purse Rocks!