For those who would like to donate to the disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy, LDS Philanthropies, the official humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) have created a widget that allows you to do just that!

There are two widget designs to choose from that you can place on your blog or website. If you do not have either you can share the link to this blog post or you can cut and past the following link and share it on any social network or via email:

You can get codes for both the large widget (pictured above) or the tall widget (live on my right-hand sidebar) HERE.

You can also share the LDS Sandy Relief Effort widget page directly to Facebook, right now, HERE.

LDS Newsroom:

Church Issues Statement on Sandy: Local Mormons Stand Ready to Assist in Aftermath

Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by post-tropical storm Sandy. Local Church leaders along the eastern coast of the United States have made preparations for the storm. Church representatives are in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The American Red Cross, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and other relief agencies to coordinate response efforts. Forty-two LDS volunteers are supporting Red Cross shelter operations in New Jersey and neighboring areas. The Church is working closely with the Red Cross to identify additional shelter locations if needed. 

The Church stands ready to assist affected communities. Emergency Response resources have been pre-positioned in Bishops Storehouses in the area. These resources include items such as food, water, blankets, hygiene supplies, tarps, cleaning supplies, chain saws and shovels. 

Local Church leaders will make assessments in the coming days and coordinate with response partners to determine further relief efforts. 

Mission presidents have taken precautions to protect the safety and well-being of missionaries.

"As disciples of Jesus Christ, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endeavor to follow the Savior’s admonition to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the sick and those in prison (see Matthew 25:35–36).[ii] Through the efforts of individuals, families and Church programs, temporal and spiritual assistance has been given to millions in need."

Whatever you can give, no matter how small, will help in the disaster relief efforts of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. In times like this, when I feel that my own contribution, to such a large disaster, is only a drop in the bucket I am reminded of the Lord's teaching, that by many small acts come that which is miraculous -- and I'm certain that many people are in need of a miracle right now. One-by-one we can make a difference.

Kathryn Skaggs

LDS Newsroom: Mormon Missionaries Help With Storm Cleanup Effort

LDS Church: Humanitarian Services

"Church humanitarian work primarily helps those in need who are not members of the Church. There are many people in virtually any community in the world who struggle to meet their basic needs. The Church seeks to help as many as possible"

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