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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Memphis NAACP pair to help mothers

Nov 20, 2022, 7:00 PM | Updated: Dec 30, 2022, 11:16 am

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Memphis NAACP are partnering to launch "MyBaby4Me" a program with classes to help new and expecting mothers. (Chris Moore/Church Communication Department)

(Chris Moore/Church Communication Department)

MEMPHIS, Tennessee —  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Memphis NAACP are partnering to launch “MyBaby4Me” a program with classes to help new and expecting mothers.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, the announcement was made in the city’s 38126 zip code.

NAACP Memphis Chapter President Van Turner says they’re dealing with many factors, including public safety, homelessness and poverty.

“This partnership is God-ordained and God-inspired,” Van Turner said. “I’m just so happy that it’s happening at such a critical time in our city.”

Van Turner said it’s critical to start early, when babies are in the womb. This is to make sure mothers get proper care so baby can come out, survive, thrive and be healthy.

This is not the first time the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the NAACP have joined forces.

In 2021, Church News reports the NAACP and the Church of Jesus Christ used a pledge of $2 million a year to fund several projects, one of them focused on improving a community garden in San Francisco.

In Memphis, classes for women will begin Nov. 29 at the Memphis NAACP. They are receiving assistance from the Vance Avenue Youth Development Center just down the street. The center is donating its kitchen to help feed these young mothers and their families.

Bonneville International Corporation, the company that owns KSL NewsRadio, is a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Memphis NAACP pair to help mothers