Lions Clubs donate grocery vouchers to 30 CNMI families


With many people in the CNMI either jobless or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the many clubs that comprise the Lions Clubs International District 204, Region 2 recently came together to give 30 families in the CNMI vouchers that they could use to buy food. goods.

Each of the recipient family got $35 worth of vouchers each.

According to Mario Mayuga, Region 2 Marketing and Communications chair, the beneficiary families could use these vouchers buy food and other necessities.

While handing out the vouchers, club members were reminded to follow social distancing guidelines—keeping a two-meter distance— and avoiding direct contact, in order to minimize any possible spread of the coronavirus.

According to Mayuga, these vouchers will allow the recipients to shop on their own while also giving them a green light to select the items they need instead of the club members picking out what they think the recipients need. Mayuga credits Annamae Adaza, Region chairwoman, for coming up with the idea for this kind of assistance.

“Seeing the smile in all our recipients was so rewarding, and we are praying that this global crisis will be over soon,” said Al Cabael, Zone 1 chairman.

Argie Buensalido, Zone 2 chairman, said that being able to extend assistance, in one way or another, is a great way to help each other during these times.

The Lions Clubs members acknowledged Bhiya Canadalla of Happy Market in As Lito and Mildred Pabilando of LN Market in Chalan Kanoa for their assistance with this project.

“The Saipan Lions would also like to extend their gratitude to Guahan Lions Club for the additional funding that helped 10 more families,” said Adaza.

This isn’t the first time that the Lions Clubs offered their assistance during trying times. In 2018, after Super Typhoon Yutu, the clubs’ members in the CNMI also donated relief goods to Tinian residents. On Nov. 22, 2018, they donated 10-lb sacks of rice to 515 individuals.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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