The Lions Club International District 204 Region 2 brought holiday cheer to the children at the Children's Development Assistance Center during their annual gift giving on Dec. 21.
Close to 60 gifts were turned over by a dozen Lions to CDAC director Robin Palacios and Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan, said Region 2 public relations officer Annamae Adaza.
The gift-giving program was initiated by the Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club before it became a joint project among the three clubs that comprise District Region 2, which are the Saipan Marianas Lions Club, Saipan Unity Lions Club, and Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club.
“Ms. Palacios was very grateful that Lions continued to do the annual gift giving as some of the parents of those special children were already asking if they will receive gifts from Lions,” said Adaza.
She added that the gifts will be shared among CDAC clients on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
Region 2 chair Ladyvir Canape expressed hope that they will be able to host a banquet for the children for a chance to meet and play with them in person.
Besides Canape and Adaza, other Region 2 officers are 2nd vice-district governor Pastor Gagaring, zone chair Ruth Torrecampo, Saipan Marianas Lions Club president Paul Madriaga, Saipan Unity Lions Club president Noemi Catigan, and Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club president Mario Mayuga.
Adaza said the Region 2 Lions vow to continue conducting other community programs, including the medical mission or health fair, youth program activities, and environmental initiatives such as trash cleanup, adopt a beach and pavilion, and tree planting.
“We will never stop sharing the spirit of Christmas and helping others even in our own little way. We stand by the Lions Clubs' motto, We Serve,” she added.