Ayuda Foundation has sent several shipping containers filled with relief supplies to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as of Monday, according to an Ayuda press release.
The containers were shipped by APL and Matson Navigation and held essential supplies for victims of Supertyphoon Yutu, including bottled water, tools, canned food, wash basins, medical supplies and toiletries.
Some of those supplies have been purchased thanks to check and cash donations, according to the release, which have gone toward supplies specifically requested by residents of Saipan and Tinian, such as flashlights and mosquito nets. But more is still needed.
Ayuda Foundation continues to accept in-kind donations at its CNMI typhoon donation collection and loading center at the Triple J facility in Upper Tumon, at the former Foremost location.
Items in demand
The following are items that are in high demand:
Bottled drinking water
Flashlights and batteries
Tools including nails, machetes and chainsaws
Butane stoves and cartridges
Adult and child diapers
Cots and sleeping bags
Monetary donations can be made through Ayuda Foundation and check donations can be dropped off at all BankPacific branches, or the foundation's office at Suite 207 of the Carl Rose Building at 181 East Marine Corps Drive in Hagåtña.
Volunteers also are needed to help sort, box and load items received at the typhoon donation collection center. According to the release, a group of Reserve Officers' Training Corps students from John F. Kennedy High School already have volunteered. Others wishing to volunteer can report to the Triple J facility Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.