In commemoration of the Worldwide Week of Service Against Hunger, three Lions Club organizations on Saipan distributed 10 food packages to victims of a fire that engulfed a 12-room semi-concrete apartment in Susupe last month.
The victims got their packages in a simple ceremony at the parking lot of the TSL Plaza Sunday night.
Lions Region 2 chair Ladyvir Canape said the three Lions Clubs coalesced for the food drive.
The Fil-Am Lions Club led by its president Annamae Adaza; the Saipan Marianas Lions Club led by its vice president June Canape; the Alliance Lions Club led by its president Romy Robles; and Saipan Alpha Leos donated funds to buy the food items.
Canape, along with Lions Club zone chair Mario Mayuga, handed the food package donation to representatives of nine out of the 10 families affected by the fire.
Each package was worth between $50 and $60. It consisted of two 20-lb sacks of rice, a box of soba, canned goods like corned beef, luncheon meat, and tuna chunks, cooking oil, and a bag of sugar.
One of the fire victims, 54-year-old Romeo Coronan, a lifeguard at Saipan World Resort, thanked the Lions Club for the donation, saying it will go a long way. Coronan estimates that he lost between $15,000 and $17,000 from the fire.
Another victim is Ed Marquez, 65, said that what he lost from the fire was irreplaceable. Marquez said two of his seven dogs were burned alive because of the blaze and one is still missing. Because he’s living with a friend in China Town, his four remaining dogs are being cared for by the Saipan Cares for Animals.
For those who wants to be a Lion member or for any questions about the club, call Ladyvir Canape at 989-2545 or Mayuga at 285-1021.