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Mormons sprucing up 13 Manteca parks
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More than 300 Mormon volunteers will help spruce up 13 Manteca municipal parks on Saturday.

They will help weed, clean up playground areas, collect litter, and paint bollards at parks that have them. After they complete their work parties they will all gather at Woodward Park.

The effort is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ “Mormon Helping Hands” program that was established in 1998. Since then hundreds of thousands of volunteers have donated millions of hours of service to community projects as well as with disaster relief such as in the aftermath of Katrina.

It started 12 years ago when church leaders in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile reached out to their communities through service.

The Manteca effort is involving members from four wards - the Northland Ward, the Union Ward, the Lathrop Ward, and the Young Single Adult Ward.