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Hundreds Provide "Helping Hands" to Community

Most 13-year-old girls would spend their Saturday texting, shopping, or watching a movie with friends. But last weekend, Madilyn Krauss and her family joined forces with hundreds of other "helping hands" to beautify and renovate two local NOR parks: Greenacres and Standard Parks. Recently, more than 550 volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kern County participated in their annual Mormon Helping Hands (MHH) Day with the theme "Serving Our Communities."

Donning a signature yellow vest and pushing around a wheelbarrow of compost, Madilyn and four of her brothers spent the day sprucing up Greenacres Park. The day left her feeling "really exhausted," but she said she was also "really proud" of her accomplishments. "This day of service was important in helping the community and teaching other people that we should take care of our environment," Madilyn says.

The volunteers' efforts proved successful at both parks. In addition to general clean up, volunteers planted, staked, and fertilized 100 trees, as well as painted three bathrooms (inside and out), two baseball diamond back stops, four dugouts, and trash holders. They also leveled and reseeded bare spots in the ground and trimmed bushes, shrubs, and trees.

This annual event is part of a statewide service effort involving thousands of Mormons throughout California and Hawaii. For more information on the Mormon Helping Hands project, please visit

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