Every Monday night in October and November, volunteers from the Mesa East YSA Stake participated in a massive service project at the National Relief Charities, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to quality of life for Native Americans living on remote and poverty-stricken reservations in the Plains and Southwest.”
By the end of November, young adults’ will have stuffed 50,000 big, Santa stockings with shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper and other hygiene items as well as specific items for boys’ stockings and lotions, perfumes, hair items and nail polish for girls.
“It’s a massive undertaking,” says Heather Sandstrom, whose husband, Paul, is the Stake President. “They said they used to have to pay workers to stuff the stockings. With our YSAs and leaders doing it, it saves thousands of dollars. They can then use the money to feed the homeless and poverty stricken.”
“Each Monday, there would be 100 to 200 young adults working as fast as they could. Anytime someone ran out of something, they would call out,” and runners would quickly replenish that item, Sister Sandstrom says. “It was amazing to see these young adults work so hard.”