Red Cross and LDS Church renew agreement

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the American Red Cross have renewed an agreement to continue their partnership in serving people around the world.

Their partnership, which spans over 25 years, is marked by their efforts to assist victims of natural disasters, contribute to various humanitarian aid projects and coordinate blood drives. Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross, personally expressed her appreciation for the Church’s significant blood donations.

“Time and time again, Church members have rolled up their sleeves to make life-saving donations, and that is such an act of generosity,” said McGovern according to a press release.

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Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross listens to Rick Foster, director of Welfare Square, during tour.
Steve Peterson, managing director of Church Welfare Services, also recognized the significance of the Church’s association with the Red Cross.

“Our partnership with the American Red Cross and others simply strengthens our position to be able to do what we feel is our responsibility as Church members,” Peterson said in a press release.

In addition to an increase in blood drives, the Church will also help with preparation for natural disasters, including an emphasis on drills and training.

Scott Keyes, Red Cross Emergency Services Specialist for the Mountain Valley Chapter, said he sees the renewal as an opportunity for the two organizations to continue making equal contributions as they help those in need. He said he recognizes that the ties between them are continuing to strengthen, especially as fires rage across the state.

“We feel free to call upon bishop store houses across the state. (The Church is) more than willing to supply food and shelters for people who have been evacuated,” Keyes said. “They are completely reliable anytime we need something in that respect.”

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