Rotary to donate to shelterees at Kagman facility


Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, center, signs the proclamation declaring February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month on Monday at the Kagman High School cafeteria as anti-violence advocates look on. (Jon Perez)

The Rotary Club of Saipan this weekend would be giving donations to the remaining families still living in the Kagman Emergency Shelter Facility. There are 22 families that are still there.

Saipan Rotary Club president Greg Borja said Tuesday that he and the organization would be handing out donated items from their Rotary Club district specifically for Super Typhoon Yutu victims on Saipan.

“We had received donations from [the Rotary Club District 2750],” said Borja. The district is made up of 127 Rotary clubs mostly from Japan, but also includes Saipan, Guam, and Micronesia.

“We have a general fund through the district and then they provided a donation to us for Super Typhoon Yutu relief,” he noted.

In an interview Wednesday, Borja said the donations would consist of bath towels, soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, and other personal toiletries.

“We also have some items for families like diapers, blankets, wipes, daily supplements, and we would also be giving out storage bins,” he added.

The Rotary is also looking to secure laundry bins and detergent and even some board games to donate as well.

“These things are not provided by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs once you are housed in the shelter. These are things that people might have lost during the typhoon and… [these supplies] are just for their needs,” he said Tuesday.

Next week, the Rotary Club of Saipan would also be handing out 50 supply packages to members of the Women, Infants, and Children Program that are currently housed in tents due to Super Typhoon Yutu as well, but no specific date has been set.

“We ran out of plastic bins right now. …Once we can get more plastic bins, we will put those packages together,” he said.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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