A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand this week and members of local wards are chipping in to help with the situation. Roads have been severely damaged and in some areas the only means of transportation is helicopter.

Though one member’s home was destroyed in the quake, no missionaries or members were killed in the disaster.

The Area President of the Pacific Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder O. Vincent Haleck has sent his message of strength to the members and community in the area as reported by the Mormon Newsroom:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people in the affected communities,” he said. “Our local leaders are continuing to assess needs, providing immediate support to individuals and families, and organizing volunteers from our Christchurch congregations. The shipment of relief supplies that will be flown by helicopter to affected areas this week will include donated items from Christchurch Latter-day Saints, as well as purchased supplies paid for by the Church. As further needs are identified, we will continue to provide support.”

If you would like to help or donate to helping with this cause, please do so through the Church’s humanitarian fund.