Thursday, October 8, 2009

Samoa Needs You



If you don't know, I lived in Fiji for a while. It's a beautiful island nation in the middle of the South Pacific. FAR away from any major land mass. Not too far away is Samoa. Also completely isolated from any large country. And as I'm sure you know, Samoa was hit by a tsunami last week. When I was in Fiji, modern conveniences were in limited supply and only available in the few large cities. So if something were to wipe out the roads to those cities, as well as a good portion of the cities themselves, I don't know what the people there would do. It's this first hand understanding for their situation that makes me want to help the people of Samoa. So when I heard about a relief drive today on the news, I wanted to get the word out.




I went to the website, http://www.samoareliefwave.com/, and looked at the list of things that they need. And guess what? I have a lot of them on hand already. Some are things sitting around to go to D.I. (Goodwill). Some are things that I have in my food storage that I don't need immediately (soap, shampoo, rubbing alcohol, band aids). I also have a lot of clothes and some summer shoes, which I'm sure they could use. I know a lot of you have this type of stuff too. So if you feel moved to help the people from this tiny island nation who have nothing right now and no way to get it, here's the drop off info...

SALT LAKE COUNTY

Taylorsville City Hall (click on link to view directions & map)
5320 South 2600 West
Taylorsville, Utah

ST. GEORGE AREA

Another drop off point has been added for the St. George area.

New Beginnings Academy & Washington County Youth Crisis Center
251 East 200 North (behind the courthouse)
Saint George, UT 84770
officers@newbeginnings-academy.org
FAX: (800) 570-1561



IMMEDIATELY NEEDED ITEMS -




Medical Supplies
First Aid Kits
Gauze (2 x 2 or 4 x 4)
Band Aids
Antibacterial ointments (like Neosporin)
Rubbing alcohol
Wound cleansers
Cotton swabs/pads
Pain medicine (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc.)
Pepto Bismol Tablets

Hygiene Kits
Soap (bars or liquid)
Antibacterial hand soap
Shampoo/Conditioner
Feminine Products
Wipes
Hand sanitizer
Toothpaste/Toothbrush
Washcloths
Towels
Toilet Paper


Bedding
Blankets (new)
Sleeping bags
Mosquito nets
Linens (new)
Pillows (new)

Kitchen Items
Paper plates
Plastic Utensils
Coolers
Plastic storage containers
Matches/lighters
Pots/Pans/Bowls
Cooking Utensils
Ziploc Bags
Trash Bags

General Supplies
Tents
Canopies
Gas stoves
Propane Tanks
Flashlights
Tarps

If you have time and live near one of these drop offs, take just a few minutes today to help someone who needs it.



Thanks.





We now return to your regularly scheduled program.

7 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Since Conference, I've been thinking a lot more about service, and this is totally something I can do!

tiburon said...

Already on it.

Especially since the drop off is all of about 2 minutes from my house!

Thanks!

L. said...

How kind of you to think of having us help, Arianne! I have a lot of that stuff, and Taylorsville is not that far away. Thanks for the opportunity!

M-Cat said...

Great post friend! Getting on it now

Karyn said...

They aren't the only ones needing help. They need help in Tawian too. I don't know where you can donate or help in Utah. But if you go here: http://www.give2asia.org/index.cfm You can help any of the area's in Asia affected by natural disasters this year.

And while doing that for those far away, don't forget your neighbors here in the US. You'd be suprised on how sometimes a secret ten or twenty dollars on ones doorstep or mail can sometimes help someone pay a necessity bill they wouldn't be able to pay otherwise.

Shawn said...

What a great idea----and you are awesome to bring it to everyones attention!!

Sara said...

Way to go- You've inspired me.