Church makes face mask donation to FSM

Posted on Aug 31 2022


Elder and sister Green with Elinora, Chuuk H.S. administration, and Chuck Department of Education Director Jason Reiong. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS)

As the Federated States of Micronesia opened their borders last Aug. 1, a face mask requirement was instituted for all the FSM.  Masks are in short supply in the FSM.

A request for face masks was submitted to elder William H.K. Davis of the Micronesia Guam Humanitarian Department. The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the islands of the FSM requested them for their members. Additionally, Chuuk Department of Education Director Jason Reiong requested 12,000 masks for their students and faculty.

The face masks donation was approved and sent via DHL. Chuuk District received 2,500 masks, Pohnpei stake received 2,500 masks, Kosrae district received 500 masks and the Department of Education in Chuuk received 12,000 masks.

District president Rodolfo Gacayan received the face masks sent to Chuuk. He held a district meeting inviting all the branch leaders as well as humanitarian missionary couple elder and sister Green, who are living in Chuuk. The face masks were distributed to each branch leader for their members.

Gacayan expressed his gratitude saying, “We’re so thankful for the Heavenly Father for receiving the mask donation for Chuuk. This donation can help the members and the people of Chuuk to practice wearing a face mask.”

Jason Reiong received his shipment of six boxes of face masks at the DOE where he will distribute them to the students and faculty. Elder and sister Green visited with Jason and took some photos.  Jason said “I got six boxes with the 12,000 face masks. I was not expecting it to be so quick.  Thank you so much, Elder and Sister Green, and Elder Bill Davis!”

This donation from the humanitarian department in Guam gives church members, students, and faculty in Chuuk the face masks they need to meet the FSM’s requirement, keeping the people on the islands safe as they open their borders to the outside world after almost two years of being closed.  As of the writing of this article, Chuuk and Yap are free of COVID-19 in the community and hope to remain so. (PR)

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