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Humanitarian Services honored for outreach

LDS Humanitarian Services was honored Oct. 10 with the 2006 Common Good Award for its service across the globe regardless of religious affiliation race ethnicity or political persuasion.
The award was presented during a luncheon in the Little America Hotel ballroom by the Coalition for Utahs Future whose Envision Utah project has mobilized community leaders and residents to shape the states quality of life.
The group commended the efforts of LDS Humanitarian Services for its worldwide outreach to help those in need. Accepting the award on behalf of the First Presidency Presiding Bishop H. David Burton expressed gratitude to those locally and around the world who help make possible the Churchs humanitarian outreach.
He said no organization is more interested in the future of Utah than the Church and thanked the coalition for its work.
The group also honored Merit Medical a South Jordan-based medical products manufacturer headed by businessman and former political candidate Fred Lampropoulos expressing gratitude for the support the company provides to a variety of community causes.
During the luncheon the Rev. France Davis of Calvary Baptist Church told the audience that Utahns put their best foot forward last year to feed clothe and house some 600 evacuees from the Gulf Coast region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Residents put aside religious and political differences personal agendas and profit motives to help those in need and as a result some 300 of them have decided to stay in Utah he said.

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