Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC gave away 100 presents in celebration of the holidays last Sunday at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi Purpose Center.
Some 100 toys were given to children that were chosen by the Youth Affairs Office, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation program.
According to Youth Affairs Office special assistant Shalaine Borja, the event is really important to the children that were chosen.
“A lot of times people think Christmas is jolly but for these kids, they just really deserve this,” Borja said.
In behalf of the youth affairs office, Borja said they are really appreciative of the gesture made by the Imperial Pacific staff.
“We’re very happy that IPI is actually doing this for our community,” she said.
According to Borja, the Youth Affairs Office was allowed to pick 30 children, ages 0 to 12, to receive a gift from Imperial Pacific.
Borja said this was the first year that Imperial Pacific hosted an event like this and hopes that it will not be the last time they host a gift-giving event.
Imperial Pacific executive director for Corporate Social Responsibily, Geralyn DelaCruz, said that Imperial Pacific basically just wanted to give back this holiday season and encourage the idea of giving during the holidays.
“We just wanted to wish everyone in the CNMI a merry Christmas and we hope that by little gestures like this everybody else continues to give and just make it a happy Christmas for everybody,” she said.
According to DelaCruz, Imperial Pacific has done something similar in the past year, but this year, they decided to bring all the children together, gather them in one place, and give each child their gifts at one time.
“We’ve done it every year just in different ways…last year, we donated to our partners and then our partners gave out the gifts, but this year we called our partners together and we had an event,” she said.
DelaCruz said that Imperial Pacific would not only give out 100 gifts to children of the Commonwealth, but to children on Rota and Tinian, too.