As we all know, the worldwide Peace Corps community is a close bunch. When a part of that community is in need, no matter the geographic region, we are there to help however we can.
Below are some links and information about relief efforts to the island nation of Samoa. Support can come in many shapes and forms – from donations to forwarding links. Help however you can and know your support is appreciated!
Donate directly to the Red Cross.
Tsunami Relief Fundraiser
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
24 R ST NE
American Samoa and Samoa Tsunami Relief Effort
We’re accepting food item donations at the American Samoa Office of Honolulu. Please drop off canned goods, bags of rice and bottled water at the office – 1427 Dilingham Blvd Suite 210, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.
First Samoan Congregational Christian Church in Sacramento
251 South Ave.
Sacramento , CA 95838
They are collecting clothes, shoes, medical supplies, and other necessities for the victims of the Tsunami in Samoa.
Kevin (a former Peace Corps volunteer now living in Samoa) and his wife Taialofa (the daughter of two Samoa RPCVs also living in Samoa) have set up an http://www.facebook.com/l/13498;www.rawshakti.com/tsunamirelief.php. They are using the money to buy food supplies and delivering them to the affected areas.
This is a quick, immediate way to donate and you can trust that all the money will go to those in need:
New Zealand and Australia
RELIEF COLLECTIONS TO BEGIN ON BOARD PACIFIC BLUE AND POLYNESIAN BLUE FLIGHTS MONEY, FOOD, BLANKETS, CLOTHING DONATIONS AT AIRPORT CHECK-INS New Zealanders and Australians who would like to assist and donate clothing, blankets, or tinned food can drop donations off at Pacific Blue check-in counters at airports in New Zealand and Australia. The donations will be freighted to Samoa by Polynesian Blue for distribution by government or aid agencies.
Community Garage sale. October 10th, 8am until 4pm at Pakuranga Baptist Church on Te Irirangi Drive in Auckland! All the money collected goes to the Red Cross!
Click link for postings about fundraising events and also requesting help in organizing various fundraising events, with all of the money collected to go to helping the victims of the tsunamis.
BBE Island Freight company in Auckland, NZ, is sending a container FOR FREE to Samoa where you can send boxes of non-perishable foods/clothing/tarp/blankets/tents/bedding, etc.. This container is going directly to Red Cross SAMOA, which is good to know.
Pick-up Available in the Weekends (contact Tina-0210596164 or Adelle-02120056842)
Drop off at 8 Kingsford-Smith Place Airport Oaks from 8-5 weekdays. or 4 Edwards Rd Grey Lynn in the weekends. October 17th is cut-off date for shipment!
Red Cross NZ and AUS
NZ Red Cross
Fa’afetai tele lava to our Samoan brothers and sisters, PCVs, RPCVs, friends and families!