Kanoa Resort Saipan responded to calls for assistance for flooding victims in the Philippines by donating over 1,000 unused shirts to the donation drive sponsored by the LBC Foundation, the charitable arm of the global cargo forwarding company.
Executives and other officials of Kanoa Resort Saipan and its owner, Tan Holdings presented the Saipanda-bearing shirts contained in 12 boxes to LBC Mabuhay Saipan manager Valentino Gatchalian and United Filipino Organization officers and members in a brief ceremony yesterday at the hotel lobby in Susupe.
Kanoa Resort's Cory Quing said it was her idea to donate the shirts to residents in and around Metro Manila in the aftermath of torrential monsoon rains that caused widespread flooding in the nation's capital and nearby provinces.
“We believe that a lot of people will benefit from this donation which will be sent to the Philippine Red Cross for distribution to the flooding victims through the generosity of LBC,” Eli Arago, Tan Holdings senior vice president, told Saipan Tribune.
LBC branches have agreed to receive in-kind donations and ship them for free to help the flood-stricken residents in the northern Philippines. Gatchalian disclosed that LBC Mabuhay Saipan has already collected about 10 boxes worth of clothes.
“We thank Kanoa Resort and Tan Holdings for the donated shirts which will certainly aid those who were affected by the heavy rains and floods in the Philippines,” he said.
But Gatchalian noted that donations of food items such as noodles and canned goods are more needed at this time as advised by the Philippine Red Cross, which will be the consignee once the boxes are sent to the Philippines.
He said LBC Mabuhay Saipan, which has branches in Susupe and Garapan, will continue to accept in-kind donations until the end of the month, as they are scheduled to ship them out by Sept. 5.
President Bong Malasarte of the United Filipino Organization, which supports the donation drive, thanked Kanoa Resort and Tan Holdings for heeding the humanitarian plea for flooding victims in the Philippines and encouraged the community to share what they can to help those who are in need.
Although UFO's fundraising drive already concluded, Malasarte said they will still continue to receive donations for a few days since their group members in Manila will hand over the money to the Philippine Red Cross by Tuesday.
“We can help more people if we all work together and pool resources together,” he added.