On Saturday, American Red Cross Jumpstart Kits arrived in American Samoa, an area that is recovering from the September 29 tsunami. The kit has items to help disaster victims with their short-term, immediate requirements, as well as aid for the long term. Each kit contains two blankets, a combination hand-crank radio, flashlight and cell phone charger, a mesh laundry bag, a first aid kit, note pad and pen, work gloves, face masks and a bath-in-a-bag all in one convenient, durable Red Cross backpack.
Diapers, baby formula, towels, brooms and feminine hygiene products—all of which are in short supply on the island also arrived Saturday evening. The delivery included bolts of fabric that could be cut into lava-lava—the traditional skirt-like garment that is worn by men and women on American Samoa.
There are more than 300 workers from the American Red Cross, representing chapters on American Samoa, Hawaii and across the U.S. mainland, providing assistance to those affected by the tsunami. The workers have distributed the new supplies to villages across American Samoa, along with tuna, rice, noodles and water.