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LDS stake in Virginia Helps Gather more than 2.5 tons of Food for Local Food Bank

Children line up for a 100-yard dash as part of the Oakton Stake's food drive. (Laurie Snow Turner)

Children line up for a 100-yard dash as part of the Oakton Stake’s food drive. (Laurie Snow Turner)

OAKTON, Va. — More than 2.5 tons of food was collected by members of the Oakton Virginia Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a food drive and races Nov. 5 for the LINK Against Hunger program that benefits those in need in Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn, Va.

To celebrate the LDS Church’s 75th anniversary of its welfare program, President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor of the First Presidency, asked members around the world to perform a day of service.

Oakton Virginia Stake President Scott Wheatley said the stake members’ goal for the day of service was “to let those around us know we love and follow Jesus Christ in all we do. What better way to convey that message to our community that by serving them? We want our community to know that because we follow Jesus Christ, we serve others.”

The Oakton Virginia Stake includes nine wards organized geographically in the northern Virginia area, including Reston, Herndon, Spring Lakes (a Spanish-speaking congregation), Chantilly, Franklin, Fair Oaks, Vienna, Oakton and Oak Marr.

The event’s theme was “Put a Lid on Hunger” and included a 5K run or walk, a one-mile stroll and 100-yard dashes for children. One of the entry options was donating five cans of food.

More than 500 area Mormons attended the event, which raised about 2.5 tons of food. Another $1,000 worth of food will be donated to LINK from the LDS Church’s Washington, D.C., Bishop’s Storehouse, which is a church facility that provides basic foods and essential household items to needy individuals and families.

“What a machine they had going,” said Lisa Lombardozzi, president of LINK. “We had trucks parked along the curb, people pulled up and unloaded their food into the trucks and headed off to register for the walk/run. We had LDS missionaries helping us put the food into boxes and we kept filling truck after truck.”

President Wheatley said the stake members’ goal was to fill at least five trucks. “We hoped to overwhelm this good charity with our generous donations. We wanted them to see Christians in action as we showed up in droves with arms full of food to help the hungry. I think we achieved that goal,” he said.

“We got more food than we could fit on our shelves,” Lombardozzi said. “I welcomed the crowd and estimated there were a thousand people there! I thought I’d gather up the few canned goods that came in late. By the time the event was over, my little pile grew and grew. We made several trips back to my car to load up. I ended up with an SUV full of food and had to utilize another minivan, in addition to the seven truckloads of food, to cart it all back to the pantry.”

Anthony Foy, a LINK volunteer who helped load the trucks said, “It is humbling that all those people came together, and the sole fundraising focus was LINK. The LDS community certainly did bless our ministry.”

“Wow! What a rewarding day,” said Shon Beury, chairman of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Herndon and a LINK board member. “I’m so glad I was there to witness Christianity in action. How blessed we are!”

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell complimented the LDS Church’s welfare program and issued a day of service proclamation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He said, “2011 marks the 75th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Welfare Program, which has improved the lives of countless individuals in our commonwealth, these United States, and throughout the world, and which should be a model to all organizations and faiths as we work together to build a true commonwealth of opportunity.”

President Wheatley said, “To become a ‘model of service’ to other organizations and faiths, we need to become an integral part of our community by sharing what we know and what we have. This event helped us move in that direction.”

 

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Earn $3 for Each Ward Facebook Page Created: An Attempt to Spread the Important Message of Preparedness

Have you seen the state of the world Lately? Isn’t Time you Prepared? It is Time to Spread the Message of Preparedness. The World is Ready.

Most families would not know what to do if a major disaster hit. Many want to become better prepared, but may lack the time, information, or just simply don’t know where to begin.

LDS Emergency Resources makes it easy for you to get prepared. We have scores of information, tutorials, preparedness ideas, food storage tips, emergency supplies and much more – all in efforts to help you become better prepared for a disaster… a disaster that will one day come.

Our Goal is to create a preparedness website available for each and every Ward in order to help members better prepare for disaster. If you already have a Ward page, you can still help. We can make this happen if everyone participates. You will be surprised at how quickly you can help others prepare – if you help spread the word.

During this program, we will be paying $3 for each Facebook Ward website created. It takes about 15 minutes to setup and there is no limit to how many pages you can create. If you only create (1) Ward website, you will only earn $3.00. If you create 100 Ward websites, you will earn $300.00. This means that you can earn money for helping us spread this message.

At the end of the program, for each FB page you created, we will deposit $3.00 into your Paypal account or via Google Cart.

Just a Few Easy Steps to Participate

  1. Register with us. Just for creating 1 Ward page, we will pay you $3. The more pages you make, the more you get paid!
  2. Following registration, Create your preparedness Facebook Page. Create the page for your Ward, your Stake, for simple awareness, or any emergency preparedness topic. Remember – add pictures, information, and your store link to this blog post.
  3. After you register and create your page(s), make sure to – Spread the Word. There are many ways to share your new page(s) with others.

That’s all.

Once your page(s) have been made, paste a link of each one of them in the “Comments” section of this blog post and leave others feedback with suggestions for spreading the word. You must post the links to each page in the post in order to get paid for each page.

Register

Take a moment to complete the form below in order to register. Before you can get paid for creating FB pages, we need to know how to pay you!

Create a Ward or Stake Preparedness Facebook Page

Making a Facebook page is very easy, anyone can do it. In order to begin go to: Sign in and Create a Facebook Page .

Remember, the page can be anything that is related to emergency preparedness and disaster relief. It can be a preparedness page dedicated to your Ward, Stake, or any other organization. It can also simply be an awareness page or preparedness page to engage members. Whatever theme you decide for your page, make sure to ad pictures and information so that others know what it’s for. Feel free to use the photos and info from Our Preparedness Page) – and make sure to add a link of this blog post on your page. Here is another example that you can use to create a page for your Ward.

Once your page has been setup, connect our Preparedness App to your page (this will connect us to the new page you created). Use the Ecwid ID: 91387

Until May 23, 2011 5:00pm PST, you will be paid $3.00 for each Facebook page you create relating to this important topic.

The more pages you setup, the more money you will make – and the more you will help other people become aware to get better prepared.

Immediately following the end of this program, those who participated will be paid via PayPal or Google Checkout.

Learn how to spread the word to your friends following our outline below. Those who spread the word the most and get the most followers will get bonuses.

Spread the Word – Tell Everyone You Know

After making your Facebook pages, it is very important to spread the message to others. Luckily, this is very easy with the use of Facebook, Twitter, Email and other social media tools.

Most importantly, suggest and share your new preparedness page with others you know and explain to them what the page is about. If it is a Ward preparedness page, send it to everyone in your Ward or Stake. Do the best you can to Tweet about it, tell your Bishop, Stake President, Ward friends, Facebook buddies, post on your blog, e-mail friends & family members, add to your e-mail signature, tell local media, etc.) and detail what you did in the comments below (on this post) to show others how to spread the word.

Tell your friends who are members of the church and encourage them to do the same – all it takes is a simple email. Bonus points go to people who act sooner vs. later.
Deadline is 5/23/2011 at 5:00pm PST.

Not sure of what to say? Here’s the simple version for Facebook status and other channels:

“Join my Ward Facebook page and Get Better Prepared”
“Earn $3 for Creating Ward Facebook Pages”

Just tell them to become a fan on your new Facebook page or to create a Ward page of their own. Most people would like to help and be part of a great cause.

Lastly, to show appreciation for those who work extra hard, we will be giving away a few bonuses.

Bonuses for getting Fans on your Ward Facebook Page:

Facebook Page with the Most Fans: Bonus $100.00

Person Who Creates the Most Pages Bonus $100.00

Facebook Pages with 100 or more Fans: Bonus $25.00

*To receive your prizes make sure to post your FB Page link in the “Comments” section of this blog post and leave others feedback with suggestions for spreading the word.

Ready to start making your Ward Facebook page? A few minutes of your time could change the world and make a big difference to others.

Sign-up & Get Started!

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Create a Ward Facebook Page, Get a Free Emergency Kit & Save Japan

Helping Japan – One Facebook Page at a Time. 100% of Proceeds will go to Japanese Disaster Victims

How do you prepare for disaster? 9 out of 10 families would not be prepared if a major disaster were to hit the U.S. Chances are that most people would simply not know what to do, how to survive, or how to help others. We can all learn from the tragedy that has struck Japan.

Today, Japanese authorities raised the disaster severity to its highest level yet and said that the disaster is on par with catastrophe caused by the Chernobyl disaster.

If you are looking to help, it has never been as important as now.

Our Goal is to raise $100,000 for the Japanese disaster relief efforts. We can do this if everyone participates. You will be surprised at how quickly you can help raise this money – if you spread the word to get a large number of people are involved.

During this fundraiser, we will contribute all profits made (that’s right, 100%) from purchases through our LDS Preparedness Store. This means that 100% of the profits that would usually be made from selling our products, will instead be donated to the Japanese disaster victims via the American Red Cross. Each purchase made will generate a donation of, on average $30-$100, depending on the size of the order. The larger your order, the larger the donation.

Each day we will deposit the money raised into a fund for the Japanese Relief Efforts that you can watch grow. Track and follow the progress here here.

There are 3 Ways to Participate:

  1. Donate
  2. Create a Ward or Stake Facebook Page
  3. Spread the Word

All those who participate in this fundraiser will automatically get:

-All of the (12) Do-1-Thing worksheets
-The LDS Emergency Family Planning Guide

-and-

-Your choice of a Free:
48 Piece Emergency Kit, 3-LED Squeeze Flashlight, 16-Function Swiss Army Knife

That’s right, register and create a Ward Facebook page and you will receive all of the above as a thank your for your efforts.

Donate Directly

Step 1: Decide that you would like to help the earthquake & Tsunami victims in Japan and Donate Directly. (2 minutes)

Or, to help spread the word and receive a free emergency kit or 16-Function Swiss Army Knife

Step 2: Create a Preparedness Facebook page, which you then show to others. (5-10 minutes) . Create a page here (here is a sample effective page you can copy and paste from to save time).

Step 3: Spread the word and you could get a $200 Gift Certificate to Deseret Book, an LDS Deluxe 2-Person Survival Kit and more. (5 minutes+)

Each donation will go toward helping the Tsunami & Earthquake victims that have been affected by this disaster across Japan

Create a Ward or Stake Preparedness Facebook Page

The second and more exciting way to help raise money for the disaster relief efforts is to create a Facebook Page . For example, this could be a preparedness page dedicated to your Ward, Stake, or any other organization. It can also simply be an awareness page. Whatever theme you decide for your page, make sure to ad pictures and information so that others know what it is for (grab photos and info from our page) – and make sure to add a link of this blog post on your page.

Until April 31, 2011 5:00pm PST, One hundred percent (100%) of the profits generated by you or your organization’s Facebook page will be donated to the Japanese Disaster Relief Efforts via the American Red Cross.

This will help thousands of victims affected by the disaster.

For example, let’s say that only a 100 people decide to build a Facebook page and participate. Then let’s say that by suggesting the page to their friends, each of their pages get a total of a 100 Facebook fans. If only 10% of their fans (10 people) purchase something from our store, we would already raise over $50,000. If only a handful of members catch the vision of this fundraiser and share it with all of their Ward friends, we will easily reach our goal of $100,000.

At the end of the fundraiser, those who generated the biggest Facebook buzz will also win some great prizes as a thank you for their efforts. Be creative.

Just a Few Easy Steps to Participate

  1. Register with us. Just for creating a page, we will send you a free emergency preparedness kit!
  2. Following registration, create a Facebook page. Create the page for your Ward, Stake, awareness, or emergency preparedness. Remember – add pictures, information, and your store link to this blog post.
  3. Connect the Ecwid App to your page (to instantly create a preparedness store). Use the Ecwid Store ID: 91387
  4. Once the App is setup, Suggest the New Page to your friends.

That’s all. The profits of anything that your friends purchase from the store on your page will be donated to this great cause.

Once your page has been made, paste a link to it in the “Comments” section of this blog post and leave others feedback with suggestions for spreading the word.

Spread the Word – Tell Everyone You Know

There will also be a simultaneous challenge going on for those who would also like to spread the word about this unique fundraiser. The more Facebook fans you get to follow your page, the more money you help raise, the more you are rewarded. It’s that simple.

Most importantly, suggest and share your new preparedness page with others and explain to them what the page is about. Do the best you can to Tweet about it, tell your Bishop, Stake President, Ward friends, Facebook buddies, post on your blog, e-mail friends & family members, add to your e-mail signature, tell local media, etc.) and detail what you did in the comments below (on this post) to show others how to spread the word.

Tell your friends who are members of the church and encourage them to do the same – all it takes is a simple email. Bonus points go to people who act sooner vs. later.
Deadline is 4/31/2011 at 5:00pm PST.

Not sure of what to say? Here’s the simple version for Facebook status and other channels:

“Help Raise $100,000 for Japan – http://www.YourFacebookPageLink.com”

Just tell them to become a fan on your new Facebook page to help disaster victims. Most people would like to help and be part of a great cause.

Lastly, to show appreciation for those who worked extra hard, we will be giving away a few prizes.

Prizes for getting Fans on your Ward Facebook Page:

Facebook Page with the Most Fans*: $200 Gift Certificate to Deseret Book, 2-Person Deluxe Emergency Kit, 2-Year Subscription to LDS Living Magazine + Apron

Facebook Pages with 1000 or more Fans: 2-Person Deluxe Emergency Kit, 2-Year Subscription to LDS Living Magazine + Apron

Facebook Pages with 100 or more Fans: a 6 Month Membership to 1-Person Deluxe Emergency Kit, 2-Year Subscription to LDS Living Magazine + Apron

*To receive your prizes make sure to post your FB Page link in the “Comments” section of this blog post and leave others feedback with suggestions for spreading the word.

How Can we Raise $100,000? Isn’t that ridiculous?

It’s entirely possible. Most fundraising fails because it’s not ambitious enough to excite people. Here are a few ways we can get to $100,000 and then surpass it:

50 people (or wards, friends, etc.) each help raise $2,000
100 people (or wards, friends, etc.) each help raise $1,000
1,000 people donate or help raise $100 each

It can be done.

Ready to start making your Ward Facebook page? A few minutes of your time could change the world and get you better prepared at the same time.

Sign-up and Get Started!

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