McDonald’s Guam/Saipan donated $5,000 yesterday to repair the San Vicente Parish church, which sustained extensive damage from Super Typhoon Yutu.
McDonald’s Guam/Saipan owner/operator Marcia Ayuyu presented the company’s donation to Bishop Ryan Jimenez of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa and Fr. Jason Granado of the San Vicente Parish church.
According to Jimenez, “San Vicente is one of the churches on Saipan that was damaged badly by Super Typhoon Yutu.”
Granado said that church’s three skylights and windows, among others, were badly damaged, but they could not start with the repairs and renovations because the parish wants to focus its resources on people who were affected by the typhoon.
“The church suffered extensive damage. …It was really a big loss for our parish. …[But] our immediate task in the first couple of months after the typhoon was to take care of the needs of the people, like those families that lost their homes, to provide spiritual needs,” he said
According to Ayuyu, McDonald’s decided to donate to the San Vicente Parish because they saw the help and support the parish gave its parishioners after Yutu.
“On behalf of my family, my husband and my children, we want to thank [Jimenez and Granado] for their love and support for the community. It’s a continuous love for the community. …They reached out to the community. This donation will really help [Granado] in continuing the repairs…I hope other businesses will donate also. …[Whether a lot or not]…it’ll really help the church,” she said.
Jimenez and Granado said it’s through individuals like Joe and Maricia Ayuyu that the much-needed repairs to the church can begin.
“The Ayuyu family…is always there for the church, for Karidat [Social Services], and for their parish, San Vicente. …We didn’t really go out and ask for help because, of course, our priority is our people…but I’m so grateful for this gesture of generosity from Marcia and their family. …This is good news,” said Jimenez.