The spirit of Christmas also reached the far-flung islands of the Federated States of Micronesia, with isolated communities receiving their gifts and holiday supplies through airdrop or through traditional canoes.
In the FSM, the island’s postal service partnered with the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea, a foundation that supports tradition-based sustainable sea transportation. Through the partnership, Christmas packages were delivered to remote island communities by using a Vaka Motu, a traditional sailing canoe.
The Vaka Motus, which were filled with Christmas gifts, food, and regular mail parcels, started their journey in Pohnpei before proceeding to Kapiramarangi, Satawal and other islands.
Meanwhile, FSM President David Panuelo, via the U.S. Air Force’s Santa 32, helped deliver gifts to more than 50 islands during Operation Christmas Drop.
According to information posted by the FSM government, around 220,000 fish hooks, 310 miles of fishing line, and 26,500 pounds of rice were delivered to the remote outer islands, in addition to clothing, toys, educational materials, and more.