SAMAR, Philippines (NNS) - Local Filipino schools and medical clinics received deeply appreciated donations from Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12) participants at the Samar Capitol Building, June 26.

Chief Gunner's Mate Justin Roth, officer in charge of the event, said eight pallets of supplies were donated for approximately 30 schools and medical clinics.

"We were able to provide school books, school supplies, desks and medical supplies to the community," said Roth.

Latter Day Saints Charities Volunteer Mike Hughes said the donated school supplies are expected to help students succeed at school.

"It should help particularly with the schools that don't have the books available to teach the children math and English skills needed to progress through school and on through the higher grades of education," Hughes said.

Roth said the medical supplies were all items in need by the local residents at the clinics.

"After talking with some of the representatives, it was clear that they didn't have a lot of what we provided," said Roth. "They need things like needles, syringes and various other items to provide sufficient care to patients. "The goal was to show that the donations are part of our partnership," he said."We want to work together to build a lasting relationship."

Hughes said the community seems to greatly value the donations.

"As we brought the samples of donations in, the people were very thankful," he said. "The smiles on their faces really showed their appreciation."

Jason Malakhani, a local school representative, said the donations will help bring a brighter future to the people of the region.

"With these new supplies, our students are going to succeed and our clinics are going to provide better care to patients," he said."I would like to extend a true 'thank you' to everyone involved in helping our community."

Now in its seventh year, Pacific Partnership is a U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission U.S. military, host and partner nations, non-governmental organizations and international organizations designed to build stronger relationships and disaster response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.

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