Utah group organizes donation drive to aid people of Samoa


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TAYLORSVILLE -- While people in Samoa continue to pick up the pieces after last week's tsunami, a group of volunteers is giving you a chance to help.

Volunteers from Utah's Polynesian community, who call themselves The Samoa Relief Wave, kicked off a donation drive Thursday morning to help tsunami victims in the islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

The group is inviting the public to bring any supplies possible to Taylorsville City Hall all day Thursday, Friday and until noon on Saturday.

Volunteers load donations into trucks that will transport them to the West Coast. The donated items will then be flown to the Samoan islands.
Volunteers load donations into trucks that will transport them to the West Coast. The donated items will then be flown to the Samoan islands.

Senerita Auva'a says the group has people stationed in parts of Samoa providing updates to Utah. They say the situation is dismal.

"So, we're collecting water, food, supplies, clothing, bedding, tents, shoes, anything; because most of those villages are completely without anything--no homes, no nothing," Auva'a says.

The donations collected will be shipped to Samoa early next week courtesy of the U.S. State Department. Auva'a says tents, bedding and shoes are especially needed.

For a more complete list of what The Samoa Relief Wave needs most, CLICK HERE.


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