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How the Black 14s and the Church (still) put the gift in Thanksgiving


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Last year, I shared how the surprising partnership between Black 14s and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints moved mountains of food across the United States to those in need on Thanksgiving. .

Both groups got back to it last week.

The Black 14 are the 14 University of Wyoming soccer players who were kicked from the team the day before their 1969 game with BYU for asking their coach if they could wear black armbands during the game for silently protest against a church policy that has since been suppressed. against blacks holding the priesthood.

Last year, former BYU quarterback Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the Seventy helped organize 180 tons of church food donations to nine cities across the country on behalf of the Black 14 .

“That injury that was pretty big 51 years ago has healed, and what we’re doing is pretty special,” said wide receiver John Griffin.

Last week, the church and the Black 14s teamed up again. Approximately 40,000 pounds of food from the church’s bishops’ warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, was delivered to the Cathedral Home for Children and the University of Wyoming Food Share Pantry, reported News from Wyoming now.

Griffin was on hand for delivery.

“We’ve turned a tragedy into philanthropy, and that’s what we’re going to experience the rest of our lives for, because it’s important to us,” he said.

Meanwhile, news outlets across the country are publishing stories about the church’s donation machines, the popular vending machines it has set up in 10 U.S. cities. Instead of buying a soda or candy bar, these vending machines accept charitable donations for items ranging from glasses to food for a hungry person for a month. Or as the title says, vending machines become giving machines ”where people can donate chickens, blankets, boots or basketballs. “

Stories have been published from new York To California and Hawaii.

These two giving efforts also serve as a reminder of last year’s video message of hope, healing and unity posted by President Russell M. Nelson. He invited people to share their gratitude on social media with the hashtag #GiveThanks.

Like the Church News podcast Noted this week, this hashtag became the # 1 trending topic on Twitter and reached # 2 worldwide.

As America’s Latter-day Saints celebrate a long holiday weekend, I thank you readers and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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