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Viking cadets show true spirit of Thanksgiving

compiled by Samoa News staff

Although the 'Love Thy Neighbor' food drive ended last week, with the distribution of hundreds of care packages for cannery workers, the cadets of the JROTC program at Fagaitua HS donated a huge amount of nonperishable food items, as part of their annual Thanksgiving food drive.

Coordinator of the Love Thy Neighbor project, Tapumanaia Galu Satele, said Sgt. Fiso contacted him about the Vikings' annual Thanksgiving food drive, usually carried out to help residents in the eastern villages.

This year, however, the cadets agreed that the collected items will be donated to the Love Thy Neighbor project, which solicited food items presented as care packages to the workers of Starkist Samoa and Talofa Systems Inc. who are without a paycheck for 5 weeks as the company carries out upgrades to its facilities.

Tapumanaia told Samoa News that a good number of StarKist employees didn't show up to pick up their care packages a last weekend, due to various reasons. Therefore, there were leftover items.

He said since the Fagaitua JROTC specifically want their donated items to go to the cannery workers, he will combine what they collected, with the care packages he has left over, and they will be distributed to the employees who didn't show up on distribution day.