By Chirag Bhojwani | PNC News First
Guam – In response to the devastation caused by Supertyphoon Yutu, the Islanders over at John F. Kennedy High School do the one thing islanders always do – take care of each other.
It all started the day after the storm. Students saw images and videos of the devastation from their advisers and decided it would be a call of action to help their neighboring islands “because we are one Marianas.”
By organizing a coin drive and a casual-day fundraiser, the Islanders were able to raise over two-thousand dollars in a span of three days. $747 were raised from a Halloween-themed dress-down fundraiser, and $1,331 were raised from the coin drive.
Representing the Ayuda Foundation, Association of Pacific Island Legislatures’ Guam delegate, Senator Jim Espaldon was present to receive the check. Espaldon stated that a team from the Ayuda Foundation had been mobilized to Saipan and Tinian to report on the needs that are being met. He added that “this donation goes a long ways in helping people over there.”
The Ayuda Foundation has been tirelessly assisting the people of the CNMI as they rebuild. According to Espaldon, they are working with wholesalers and been receiving discounts on basic necessities for the CNMI. The foundation is also working on getting much needed medicine to the islands in response to Supertyphoon Yutu. This weekend, Ayuda was able to fill a forty-foot container with over 500 cases of medical supplies which will be going to the Commonwealth Health Center.
A group of Air Force ROTC students from John F. Kennedy High School helped unload relief goods for the Ayuda Foundation’s CNMI typhoon relief drive.
Among the donations that the JFK ROTC students helped unload were bottled water, buckets filled with necessities and food, butane fuel, tarps, paper towels, and toilet paper donated by The Guam Daily Post.
Jamaican Grill also donated dozens of buckets which are sorely needed in the typhoon-ravaged CNMI.
The JFK ROTC cadets who helped out were Joseph Fuppula, Michael Yao, Jonathan Dancel, Samuel Siaumau, and Brett Macasaquit. Their instructor is SMSGT Victor Rosario.
The foundation continues to solicit donations from individuals and companies that want to help out the victims of Supertyphoon Yutu in the CNMI.
Items that are especially needed in the CNMI at this time are bottled drinking water, canned goods, instant soup, tarps, rope, mosquito coils, nets, mosquito repellants, first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, tools, nails, machetes, butane stoves, butane cartridges, adult and children diapers, paper towels, baby wipes, paper plates, cleaning supplies, cots, sleeping bags, chainsaws, and other items needed for living under rough conditions.
Clothing donations are being discouraged at this time as they take up valuable storage space that can be better utilized for more essential items.
In-kind donations can be dropped off at the Ayuda Foundation’s main CNMI typhoon donation collection and loading center located at the Triple J facility in Upper Tumon (former Foremost).
The Ayuda Foundation is also asking for volunteers to join the JFK ROTC students who can help sort, box, and load items received at the foundation’s main CNMI typhoon donation collection and loading center located at the Triple J facility in Upper Tumon.
Those who want to volunteer can report to the Triple J typhoon relief goods loading site Monday-Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, call the Ayuda Foundation at (671) 473-3003 or check out the foundation’s Facebook page.