Rocklin stake collects more than 2,000 pounds of food

Part of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welfare program
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A canned food drive and open house held recently at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building in Rocklin celebrated the 75th anniversary of the church’s world-wide welfare program. “It’s difficult to quantify the benefit to an individual when you do something good to help them become self reliant,” said Sean Murphy, president of the Rocklin Stake. More than 2,000 pounds of food items donated by residents of Rocklin and Granite Bay were gathered and delivered during the event to the Rocklin Rotary Club, Granite Bay Rotary Club, Granite Bay Kiwanis, and the Loomis Basin Food Pantry. Visitors to the open house included Rocklin’s Police Chief Ronald Lawrence, Fire Chief Bill Mikesell, as well as Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and State Senator Ted Gaines. Helping people get back to work is part of the church’s welfare program. “What we’ll do is from soup to nuts, we’ll look at their resumes, help them position themselves,” said Brent Moore, who runs one of the church welfare employment centers. “Many businesses use temporary jobs as a try-out for employees, and they frequently turn into permanent work.” “It’s such a great cause, a great effort,” said Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. I appreciate this reaching out, promoting self reliance. This is not the government; it’s a community effort taking care of the community. It really lifts people to a higher level, brings out the best in them.” ~ Staff report