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Tongan Latter-day Saints on Tongatapu gather, send supplies to outer islands

Jan 23, 2022, 5:44 PM | Updated: 10:41 pm

Trucks containing donated supplies from church members are loaded onto a boat bound for the outer i...

Trucks containing donated supplies from church members are loaded onto a boat bound for the outer islands of Tonga. January 2022. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

(Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

Some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tonga spent two days gathering much-needed supplies for those on the outer islands who were hit hard last week by the volcanic eruption and tsunami.

“Church members from congregations on the main island of Tongatapu were asked to donate whatever they could to help families in the Ha’apai area, which was heavily damaged in the tsunami,” read a news release Sunday on the Church’s website.

The donations, which included clothing, bedding, and food, were loaded onto a boat called the Maui, which was acquired through the help of the Church’s Humanitarian Fund.

Clothing, food, bedding and other supplies donated by church members from the Tongatapu stakes are loaded into trucks ready to take to the wharf. Tonga, January 2022. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Supplies donataed by Nuku'alofa stake members await loading onto the boat bound for the outer islands of Tonga. January 2022. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Volunteers from stakes in Tongatapu Tonga help to unload donated supplies ready to load onto a boat bound for outer islands. January 2022. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Drums of fuel are loaded onto a boat headed to the Ha'apai area of Tonga. The fuel will be used for church owned boats there to help reach members on distant islands. January 2022.
 (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Two members from each of the stakes of Tonga will travel on the boat to Ha'apai to offload the donated supplies. January 22, 2022. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Donated supplies being loaded onto the boat Mauri which is headed to the outer islands of the Ha'apai area which was hard hit by a tsunami on 15 January 2022. Tonga, January 2022. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) The ship, the Maui, charted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is loaded with donated supplies to be delivered to Ha'apai and other outer islands in Tonga on January 22, 2022. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

 

That boat, filled with all the supplies, left the capital of Nuku’alofa Saturday morning, bound for Tonga’s outer islands.

Approximately 30 to 40 volunteers, including the president of the Tonga Outer Islands Mission, also traveled on the boat so they could help unload the supplies, according to the news release.

“It is expected that some people from Ha’apai may travel to Tongatapu on the return journey, as they no longer have homes. The ship will also bring back missionaries from the outer islands,” the news release stated.

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Tongan Latter-day Saints on Tongatapu gather, send supplies to outer islands