07 Nov 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
MARIANAS Young Professionals executive director Gerard Van Gils on Tuesday said donations from off-island will arrive soon, and they are now looking for a huge warehouse to store the donated items.
He told the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday that they have prioritized water distribution and the other immediate needs of typhoon victims.
He said they have also provided shelter to four displaced families at the former Marianas Baptist Academy.
MyPros, he added, is grateful to Capt. Michael Murphy of the Americopters Saipan, Steven R. Connor, and Nelson Krum for delivering water to the families.
He encourages businesses to donate to the disaster recovery programs through GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/super-typhoon-yutu-relief-campaign
Van Gils said they aim to raise $100,000. As of Tuesday, they had collected $67,000 of which $50,000 was spent already.
He said they are distributing 2,200 meals a day while the Salvation Army is providing hundreds of meals each day since Yutu hit the island on Oct. 25.
Some of the meals were packed by Subway, McDonald’s Saipan and Herman’s Modern Bakery, Van Gils said, adding that the Northern Mariana Islands Trades Institute also distributed 1,500 meals a day.
“These are non-profits that are moving mountains,” Van Gils said.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108697-mypros-needs-warehouse-for-relief-goods