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The blessing of a home

Two years ago, a pregnant Jennifer Martinez, her husband and their two small children were living in a leaky, old trailer on a relative's property in Coram, Montana. The well they used for drinking water sometimes ran dry, and bad electrical wiring in one of the trailer's walls made it hot to the touch.

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Many hands make light work

Cutting down trees. Raking lawns. Mopping floors. Sewing dresses. Sprucing up gardens. These are just some of the swirl of activities that more than 500 volunteers did in their mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus at more than 40 different sites across Cleveland.

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Family fun for a zoo-rific cause

Even the animals got in on the action when volunteers from Thrivent Financial and other fraternal benefit societies met at the Tri-State Zoological Park in Cumberland, Maryland, to clean, paint and prep the zoo for the summer season.

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Food for the body & mind

Stop by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Silverton, Oregon, after school on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, and you'll see a beehive of activity. From teens doing homework to playing games and enjoying a meal together, the After-School Activity Program (ASAP) is serving up food for the body and mind.

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