Best Sunshine International Ltd. recently teamed up with non-profit organizations to offer assistance where it is most needed. Karidat and other CNMI Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, were chosen primarily for their longstanding philanthropic involvement with the local community.
As part of the company’s disaster relief measures, Best Sunshine donated to Karidat $50,000 worth of non-perishable food items such as rice, water, soba noodles, an assortment of canned meat, canned vegetables and fruits, along with toiletries and hygiene articles like shampoo, body wash, baby wipes, hand sanitizers, household disinfectants and wipes, and cooking implements such as butane fuel.
The purchase and procurement of these much-needed essentials at a time of scarcity fell on Best Sunshine employees Leo Duenas of the warehouse department and Tammy Cepeda of the hospitality department.
“Despite the strenuous task of getting all of the items on the shopping list and beating a crucial deadline, I’m happy to be of service not only to the company I work for but to the community as well,” said Cepeda.
The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library then offered Karidat the use of its facility as a temporary warehouse and packing station for the goods donated for distribution.
“We do what we possibly can to be able to help out. When Karidat was faced with the problem of where to deliver and keep stock of the goods, we were more than willing to provide our space and staff to be of assistance,” said Erlinda C. Naputi, acting director of Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.
Despite the difficulties with power outage and overbearing heat and physical discomfort, a number of people volunteered to clear up space, receive deliveries, organize stock and even an “assembly line” of packers composed of library staff, friends and family.
“This is amazing,” said Tao Xing, CSO of Imperial Pacific, representing Best Sunshine, upon visiting the library and witnessing the behind-the-scenes preparation. “This is our way of reaching out to help. The philosophy of the company is that every single penny goes out to the people.”
Pulling together a donation involves a lot of work. From a laborious perspective, it is easier to hand over a check, but the rigors of dispensing donations in-kind are offset by its effectiveness and empathy. Best Sunshine intends to carry out their assistance to the community. The company’s collaborative effort with different organizations driven by the same cause will significantly catalyze fair and even distribution. (Best Sunshine)