In the spirit of Christmas, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, as well as the Friends of Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, is conducting a monthlong fundraiser for Karidat Social Services, a domestic relief shelter stationed on Saipan. Both the library and association are on the lookout for clothes, canned food, and toys.
This will be the first time the public library will hold a clothes, canned food, and toy drive. They are accepting anything the community can donate as long as the items are in good condition.
According to Ray Jr. Deleon Guerrero, a library assistant at JKPL, they started doing the clothes/canned food drive for the first time this year in April in celebration of National Library Month.
“So, also to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month, we are doing the Clothes For Good/Canned Food drive, this time with Toys For Good drive, with all proceeds going to the Karidat Social Services.
“Our goal is to accumulate as much as we can and as much as people are willing to donate. Overall, this is for people and children who are in need so it would be great to also help them to celebrate Christmas,” said Deleon Guerrero. “The event is very important because, for one, the donations drive is to help support the underprivileged and those in need in the CNMI. Secondly, it helps us celebrate JKPL’s 25th anniversary, in the spirit of Christmas,”
Erlinda Naputi, the acting director for the library, said, “JKPL relies on the community for support in times of needs. I feel that the canned drive spearheaded by my colleague Ray DlGuerrero JR is a way to show appreciation and to give back to our community in need. Although there are many agencies and organization that help families in need, we chose Karidat [as our beneficiary] as they are always ready to assist when needed.”