The Commonwealth Health Center’s pediatric ward received 10 toys and 35 books yesterday from a motorcycle club from Salem, Oregon, known as the Taga Riders Forever.
Hospital administrator Jesse Tudela noted that club founders George and Terry Camacho donated similar Christmas gifts to the ward last year.
“They have been giving gifts from stateside to Saipan for many years now,” Tudela said, adding that Camacho contacted him a few weeks ago to expect a package before Christmas.
“He wanted to make sure that we received it and that every pediatric patient would get one,” he said, adding that last year’s donation from the motorcycle club has already been given to pediatric patients.
“When you have kids who’s sick, you want to cheer them up. It’s never fun [for them] to be in the hospital, so having these gifts are much appreciated,” said Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. chief executive officer Esther Muña. “We are always grateful for the donations because the kids love them.”
“We never want to see a child in the hospital but if they do, we want to make sure this is a part of their healing,” Muña added.