Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tsunami Update: How You Can Help

Cale and Sara Reeves to not endorse or vouch for any of these organizations unless stated otherwise in the description.

Raw Shakti Yoga

Kevin (a former Peace Corps volunteer now living in Samoa) and Taialofa (the daughter of two Samoa RPCV also living in Samoa) have set up an account to accept donations here:
http://www.rawshakti.com/tsunamirelief.php

They are using the money to buy food supplies and delivering them to the effected areas.

The is a quick, immediate way to donate and you can trust that all the money will go to those in need. We fully support Kevin and Taialofa. Please donate to them.

New Zealand Red Cross

The New Zealand Red Cross is collecting on behalf of the Samoa Red Cross here:
http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php?st=1&sn=13&pg=6341 We fully support the Red Cross, please donate to them.

Samoa Tsunami Relief Effort

This facebook group was created by a Samoa RPCV and can be found here:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=165933510126

*Update (2 October):

This is a message from the Samoa Tsunami Relief Effort Facebook page:

Subject: Summary of Relief Efforts from Samoa, NZ, Aus, US

Relief Efforts Summary

Below is a summary of relief efforts based on what has been posted here in this facebook group. It lists efforts in Samoa, NZ, Australia and the US. I’m sure I’ve missed some information, so please let me know what other efforts are taking place and I’ll send out another updated summary in the days to come. Malo lava le fa’amalosi!

Samoa
Kevin (a former Peace Corps volunteer now living in Samoa) and his wife Taialofa (the daughter of two Samoa RPCV also living in Samoa) have set up an account to accept donations. They are using the money to buy food supplies and delivering them to the effected areas.
This is a quick, immediate way to donate and you can trust that all the money will go to those in need.:
http://www.facebook.com/l/8084e;www.rawshakti.com/tsunamirelief.php


New Zealand and Australia

http://www.facebook.com/l/8084e;www.pacificblue.co.nz/AboutUs/Media/NewsandPressReleases/P_010399.htm

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.

Auckland, NZ

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!

From Lucine
Sorry to advertise another group, but I did promise people in this group and it's relevant for anyone in Auckland or who can get to Auckland. Here I will be posting fundraising events and also requesting help in organising various fundraising events, with all of the money collected to go to helping the victims of the tsunamis.
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=296269235222


From Perise
So 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)

OR

Drop off at 8 Kingsford-Smith Place Airport Oaks from 8-5 weekdays. or 4 Edwards Rd Grey Lynn in the weekends.
Remember 17th Oct is cut-off date for shipment!!!
Fa'afetai tele lava to our Samoan brothers and sisters i Aukilani who are working hard to make this happen!!! Malo lava!!!


Red Cross, NZ and AUS
The NZ Red Cross is taking donations for the Samoa Red Cross specifically for the relief effort:
http://www.facebook.com/l/8084e;www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php?st=1&sn=13&pg=6341

Australia

Australian red cross is accepting donations too!! http://www.facebook.com/l/8084e;www.redcross.org.au/ourservices_aroundtheworld_emergencyrelief_pacific-tsunami-samoa-tonga.htm

United States

Honolulu, Hawai’i
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. Let's work together to make a difference. Address: 1427 Dilingham Blvd Suite 210, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.

Northern California
If you live in the Sacramento Area in California and would like to help out with the Samoa Tsunami relief effort please contact the:
First Samoan Congregational Christian Church in Sacramento
251 South Ave.
Sacramento , CA 95838
Office: 916-922-2220
They are collecting clothes, shoes, medical supplies, and other necessities for the victims of the Tsunami in Samoa. God is Good! All my prayers to those affected by this tragedy.

Washington, DC
Tsunami Relief Fundraiser
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
8pm-11pm
24 R ST NE

Please don't try to send anything to us in the mail, it will take two months to get here.

MicroDreams
In the US and around the world, donations can be made to SPBD's global charitable development partner, The MicroDreams Foundation. You can donate to MicroDreams and 100% of your donation will be channeled to SPBD in Samoa.

Find the letter here. And their web site here and here.

PayPal Account to Aid FaoFao Family
An American professor has started this account. You can find it here.

— Sara

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