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Youth plan bottle drive to aid tsunami survivors

About 75 young people will collect bottles in Fort Macleod on Saturday, May 14 to help ease the suffering of people in Japan.
The youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who will be in town for a youth conference, will collect bottles and donate the money they raise to the Canadian Red Cross.
Part of the annual youth conference is a service project. As the young people discussed within the committee what they would like to do, they were quite concerned for the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
The young people thought of many things but the logistics of sending packages just wasn’t feasible.
Instead, they decided to do a bottle drive to raise money to be donated through the Red Cross, an organization people will recognize.
There will be 80 youth participating in eight crews of 10 starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14.
All the money raised will go to the Red Cross.
If people would prefer to give a cash donation, the Red cross will issue a receipt for any amount over $10.
If members of the community will not be around on Saturday but would still like to donate their bottles to the cause they can take them to the bottle depot in Fort Macleod and tell them what it is for. They will be earmarked for that bottle drive.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors a program for youth aged 12 to 18 years. There are other programs for children eight to 11 years and for young adults aged 19 to 30 years.
In Fort Macleod there are mid-week activities as well as Sunday meetings. In the Fort Macleod Stake there are two Fort Macleod wards as well as wards in Claresholm, Pincher Creek, Park Lake, Champion and the Crowsnest Pass branch, which is a smaller unit than a ward.
In addition to youth activities carried out in each of these wards there are activities for the youth at the stake level.
One of those activities is the annual spring youth conference where youth from each of the units in the stake gather for activities, instruction, and discussion.
Last year Fort Macleod combined with a stake in Cranbrook, B.C. for a three-day conference.
A typical youth conference has a dance on the Friday night. This year the dance will be held at Windy Rafters Barn Dance.
The next morning the young people will have breakfast together before engaging in the service project.
As a church much has been done to provide aid to the people of Japan (see lds.org for more details).
MNM Bottle Depot in Fort Macleod will facilitate the donations.
Two years ago young people attending the conference helped with cleaning and painting around The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police, the visitors information centre and the 1884 North West Mounted Police Barracks provincial historic site.
This year the youth will also be making small quilts to donate to local shelters.
After the service project the young people will eat and spend the afternoon in interactive instruction and discussion on values and beliefs.
Then there is a banquet, followed by one more meeting where the youth have opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about the conference, and their own beliefs.

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