A number of local businesses are supporting the American Red Cross following the organization’s response to Typhoon Soudelor’s widespread damage to Saipan on Aug. 2.
Through Aug. 24, the Red Cross has served more than 6,500 people on Saipan by providing nearly 29,000 meals and snacks, more than 1,800 cleanup kits and almost 65,000 bulk items such as food, water, soap and toilet paper. Those in need receive emotional support, health services and household items. Those in greatest need may receive cash assistance; to date, more than 2,000 Saipan families have received financial assistance.
Just recently, Duty Free Shoppers donated $50,000 to the Red Cross. (First image above, pictured from left to right: Red Cross board members Larry Lee and Tayna Belyeu-Camacho, Duty Free Shoppers president Marian Aldan-Pierce, Red Cross Marianas Chapter executive director John Hirsh, lady and gentleman, Red Cross emergency services director Paul Camacho)
Bank of Guam donated $20,000 to the organization. The bank’s vice president and branch manager Larry Philip says they’re happy to help the people of Saipan however they can. “Supporting the Red Cross impacts the entire community; this is the right thing to do.” said Philip. (Second image above, pictured from left to right: Bank of Guam vice president and branch manager Larry Philip, Red Cross Marianas Chapter executive director John Hirsh, Bank of Guam vice president and CNMI regional manager Marci Tomokane, and Red Cross board members Tayna Belyeu-Camacho and Larry Lee.
MAR PAC donated $10,000. (Third image above, pictured from left to right: Red Cross board members Tayna Belyeu-Camacho and Larry Lee, Red Cross Marianas Chapter executive director John Hirsh, MAR PAC resident manager, Guy F. Pudney, and Red Cross emergency services director Paul Camacho)
Previous donors include Joeten DaiDai Foundation, E-Land, Best Sunshine, First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Transpac Corp., Leun Fang, Triple B Forwarders, Delta Air Lines, Ayuda Foundation (Guam), Chinese Association (Guam).
Donations are especially needed following the Red Cross Northern Mariana Islands Chapter’s announcement that their annual Club 200 Super Heroes Dinner scheduled for Oct. 3rd is cancelled. This is event is a major fundraiser for the Red Cross, but employees and volunteers must focus solely on improving lives and helping those most affected by the storm. The Red Cross encourages all previous ticket buyers to support relief efforts by making a financial contribution.
Local Red Cross workers say they appreciate the generosity of the Saipan community. “It’s our mission to assist those in need on Saipan and we can’t accomplish our mission without local support,” said John Hirsh, Executive Director of the Red Cross Northern Mariana Islands Chapter. “Our community’s support and generosity during this time of great need on the island is both necessary and much appreciated.”
The community can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Donors can also make a donation specifically to the American Red Cross Northern Marianas Islands Chapter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, from home fires to hurricanes, typhoons and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.
Those in need and who have not already contacted the Red Cross should call 234-3459. This call is free when made with most prepaid phones. Due to high call volumes, patience is appreciated and calls after hours are preferred. Those seeking assistance should only visit the Red Cross office with an appointment.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.