Fifteen cargo containers full of donated relief supplies are on their way to Samoa by ship, and another 90,000 pounds of goods will be flown there on Saturday.
Samoan churches and nonprofit organizations in the Southern California area have been gathering food, water and clothing ever since the Sept. 29, earthquake and tsunami.
The organizers initially planned to ship the goods to the Samoan Islands, which would take about two weeks, but congressional representatives succeeded in lobbying the State Department to provide an airlift.
The plane, a commercially owned DC-10, will leave Long Beach Airport on Saturday morning bound for Apia.
Longshoremen spent yesterday loading another 15 cargo containers of donated goods onto a ship which will arrive in Samoa in a couple of weeks.