Lions Club hands out grocery donations

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The Filipino-American Lions Club and its Relieving Hunger beneficiaries pose for a photo on Monday at the Tan Siu Lin Plaza in Garapan. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

The Filipino-American Lions Club completed its fifth centennial service challenge of the Lion year, with a focus on relieving hunger.

The Filipino-American Lions Club based on Saipan is dedicated to serving its community through five different centennial service challenges: Youth, Environment, Vision, Diabetes, and Hunger.

On Monday, 11 chosen by various Lions members were given grocery donations, courtesy of the club.

The event was simple but happiness and gratitude radiated from all 11 individuals and their families who received the donation.

According to Filipino-American Lions Club president Annamae Adaza, the donation was really about sharing blessings more than a task that needed to be completed.

“At the same time, [it’s about] giving back to the community because that is really the purpose of this kind of event,” she said.

Adaza said the funding for the groceries came from the Drag Queen pageant they hosted back in September and other fundraising events held throughout the Lion year.

“We cannot keep any funding for the club, it must go back into the community,” she said.

There were originally 15 recipients of the grocery donations but only a total of 11 showed up. The recipients were Rogelio Garcia, Timothy Choway, Arman Salburo, Jasmer Paulis, Bing Dador, Ceperlita Baysa, Aldrin Mulinyawe, Alxas Hilario C. Fampt, Gemma Ragadi, Felipa Serrano, and Carmen Japinta.

The remaining four who were not present will be contacted by the Filipino-American Lions Club.

All beneficiaries were given noodles, canned goods, and one sack of rice, courtesy of the Filipino American Lions.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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