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Tonga’s Situation is Dire

Cyclone “Gita”

In February, the tiny island nation of Tonga was engulfed by Cyclone “Gita”, a Category 4 cyclone, with wind speeds of 110 knots.  It was the hardest hitting I care cyclone to go through Tonga since 1960.

Tonga is an independent island nation in the South Pacific.  It has 171 islands and 45 are occupied.  70% of the Tonga people belong to the Methodist Church and are our brothers and sisters in Christ. They desperately need our assistance.

The Desert Southwest Annual Conference has chosen Tonga to be one of its Mission Projects this year and Lakeview UMC have adopted Tonga as our Mission Project for the Annual Conference.

We will be collecting an assortment of items that are listed below, and checks work too. (Make checks payable to Lakeview UMC – memo line: Tonga Relief)

This is a fast tracked project, as all items and monies have to be to the Annual Conference by June 13. ALL of the items will be immediately packed for shipment to Tonga.  If you need help bagging your donations please contact me  and I will help you.

The people in Tonga are counting on us to be there for them.  Thank You for helping!

Tonga Cyclone Victim Needs

Misc. Needs
  • NIV and any other Bibles – used is fine
  • Folding Chairs – gently used is fine
  • Printers with paper  and cartridges – gently used is fine
  • Photo copiers – gently used is fine
  • Big White Board with Markers for classrooms
  • Chalk Boards – large for a class room with chalk
Domestic & Repair Items
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Flashlights with batteries and extra batteries if possible
  • Family Sized Tents – can be gently used
  • Shovels – can be used
  • Ropes and Tarps
  • Pots and pans – can be used –  BIG ones are needed for boiling water
  • Blankets – gently used, any size (placed in plastic bags)
  • Silverware – used is fine
  • Hand tools   of all types in good condition would be great
School Items
  • Pens & Pencils
  • Paper
Bulk Items of Food
  • 25# of Rice
  • Large Jars of Peanut Butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Sugar & Flour
  • Salt in large amounts is needed

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