Tucson, AZ- Last year organizers of Tucson Hope Fest worked into the night setting up. This year with the help of a large group of volunteers, they were done and eating pizza by noon! With big smiles they called it the “Mormon Invasion.”
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Tucson East and Tucson North stakes joined other religious and community organizations to support Tucson Hope Fest last weekend at Kino Stadium. The Hope Fest is organized to provide support to Tucson’s needy families with medical/dental care, clothing, commodities, and many other services and items. This annual event gave members of the church the opportunity to join in a community wide effort to assist those in need.
Service provided on Friday, October 18th–the preparation day, by members of the Church and 30 missionaries from the Tucson Arizona Mission was appreciated by the volunteer coordinator, the head of clothing, and the head of Hope Fest. Mark Ferganchick, the head of all the volunteers said, “many people sign up and say they will do the work, but very few show up. We have never had a group or congregation show up in such numbers and work so hard.”
Deseret Industries, the church thrift store, donated several truckloads of clothes. Due to the donations, Hope Fest has more than they have ever had. The Bishops Storehouse from The Church of Jesus Christ donated a pallet of food for distribution. The combined efforts of church members and missionaries alongside other church and community organizations created lasting positive memories of community service where over 17,000 people where assisted.