Matua Riders play Santa to children, man’amko
The Matua Riders Group of Saipan, a non-profit organization that participates in charitable, educational, and social programs, did their Annual Christmas Spirit Bike Ride last month on Dec. 19, 2015. Over 150 children received gift bags filled with stuffed animals, school supplies, coloring books, juices, fruits, and candies.
Their first bike run was over at the Commonwealth Health Center’s Pediatric Ward, spreading the Christmas spirit as they sang and walked the halls of the hospital with the 4D’s Choir while handing out gift bags to the children who were admitted.
Their next stop was at the Garapan Annex, also known as Upper MIHA, where the children flocked with excitement as soon as they heard the roaring sound of the bikes as the riders made their way to the designated parking area to hand out gifts.
The Matua Riders Group then made their way south to Koblerville Estate where they were again greeted with smiles, waving hands, and more happy children. One little boy, right after receiving his gift bag, shouted with joy, “Wow, there’s candies, too!”
Karidat Social Services also received 25 gift bags from the group for the children staying at the Guma’ Esperansa.
Also, on Dec. 21, 2015, the man’amko were presented with 75 fruit basket arrangements, two turkeys, and a check in the amount of $500 from the group.
The groups’ mission would not have been possible without the generous support of individuals and private businesses. The members of the Matua Riders Group are sincerely grateful and wishes everyone a happy new year! (MRG)