2011-08-12 / Family

Mormons reach out to abused children

Relief Society members of the Camarillo 5th Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of six LDS congregations in the area, made blankets and gathered supplies for county social workers to give children who are removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.

The Relief Society, found in every LDS congregation, is a volunteer women’s organization that provides service to others.

The women collected donations of personal care items for foster children on Aug. 11. That evening, volunteers tied fleece blankets for the children and sort and label donated supplies.

Donna Kuonen, a child welfare supervisor with Ventura County Foster Care, spoke about services the county offers and the importance of community donations.

The donations were placed in Care Bag Backpacks, which the Ventura County Children’s Services Auxiliary will give to all local children who are removed from their homes for abuse or neglect. For more information about the backpacks, call Alice Prater, Camarillo 5th Ward Relief Society president, at ( 805) 389- 1286 or email aliceprater.prater6@gmail.com.

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