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Cyclone Gita not only damaged or destroyed homes and other buildings in Tonga last month, but many gardens and community vegetable gardens were also ruined.

With family crops diminished and the possibility of food shortages in the coming weeks, His Royal Highness Prince Ata donated eight acres of cassava to assist communities and families.

Cassava is a root crop that many Tongans rely on as a staple food source.

The Church has secured the use of three refrigerated containers to be used to preserve harvested crops. One container was made available by local Latter-day Saint leader Vili Harris, and the other two were provided by Dateline Transam Shipping Ltd. Tonga.

The crops will be distributed by local leaders to anyone in need over the coming weeks.

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