A locally chartered non-profit organization called Miracle Hands Charity, which aims to assist disadvantaged people in the community, will be having a soft opening this Saturday at their office in Gualo Rai at 10am.
Miracle Hands Charity chair Diego “DJ” Sablan is inviting the people they have already helped since December 2020 to take part in their soft opening. He said they will do a food drive for these guests.
Sablan told Saipan Tribune that the organization actually got started in September 2020 but, because of paperwork, they couldn’t start helping people until December 2020.
“With all the chartering and paperwork, and finding an office, we started actually doing some charity work [in] December. And this Saturday, we will be giving some food donations to those that we’ve already vetted,” said Sablan.
Sablan is no stranger when it comes to giving back to the community. He headed the non-profit group Marianas Behavioral Health International Inc. with several others. MBHI’s mission was to provide counseling and other ways for individuals who have drug, alcohol, and gambling addictions to recover from their vices.
This time around, Sablan wants Miracle Hands Charity to ensure that everyone in the community gets help one way or another. “Our mission and vision is to provide humanitarian aid to needy families and individuals in our community. We seek to alleviate hunger by providing emergency food assistance, clothing, and even toiletries, as well as spiritual support and prayer if they need it, because we are a Christian-based charity,” said Sablan.
Miracle Hands Charity aims to help people who are unemployed, jobless or furloughed foreign workers, homeless people, those who can’t provide for themselves at the moment due to unemployment, those who are victims of domestic violence, and/or “just anyone in need.”
Sablan said the COVID-19 pandemic motivated him and his team to provide relief to the community. “With COVID-19, I realized that there’s a lot of families [and] individuals out there that are displaced [and]…I felt like it was the right time to do it. There are other nonprofits but…most of us are born and raised here all our lives, so we feel like it’s our responsibility to give back to our community,” said Sablan.
As of Jan. 19, Miracle Hands Charity has partnered up with three non-profit organizations—Rotary Club of Saipan, the Natibu Lions Club, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Additionally, the charity has six people under its organization.
For those who are interested in sponsoring, or donating, you can check the charity’s main office in Gualo Rai, or call 235-GIVE (4483). The charity accepts donations of money, clothes, canned food, and any non-perishable items (have long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration to keep them from spoiling).