MORE than 500 families affected by Typhoon Yutu received free meals on Thanksgiving from private companies, government agencies and community organizations.
The free meals were distributed by the friends and supporters of Gov. Ralph Torres, Lt. Gov.-elect Arnold Palacios, the Lady Diann Torres Foundation and Rep. Angel Demapan.
The meals were purchased from Herman’s Bakery by U-Top Investment (Saipan) Inc., Imperial Pacific International, the Marianas Visitors Authority, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Bridge Capital LLC, Tan Holdings, JC Tenorio Enterprises, Med Pharm, Saipan Travel, Imperial Pacific, Saipan Ice & Water, JG Sablan Ice & Water, and Star Marianas.
On Saipan, the meals were distributed at the Koblerville Youth Center. Each meal included mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie.
IPI’s Viola Alepuyo, one of the organizers of the special project, said it would not have been possible without the help and support of the Lady Diann Torres Foundation, Gov. Ralph Torres, Lt. Gov.-elect Arnold Palacios, Rep. Angel Demapan and other generous sponsors.
Tinian attorney Kimberly King-Hinds expressed her gratitude on behalf of her island community.
“The Thanksgiving meal distribution was a surprise to the Tinian community. Many recipients had tears in their eyes when they accepted the meals. We distributed 100 meals to families and friends who lost their homes,” she said.
“The Tinian community would like to thank all the donors for their generous donations and the coordinators for taking the time away from their families for undertaking this project. We appreciate them sending the meals and including Tinian in this project.”
U-Top joins Thanksgiving food drive
Hotel and tour investor U-Top Investment (Saipan) Inc. said it has raised $40,000 in China to support the disaster relief and recovery efforts on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
It said the donations went to the Marianas Young Professionals, the CNMI Public School System, the Lady Diann Torres Foundation and other groups.
“U-Top is proud to support the community’s relief efforts. During times of disaster, it is easy to lose sight of what matters most. There is so much for which we can be thankful. We thank the CNMI for inviting us to be a part of this community effort to help the islands rebuild so they can be better and stronger,” said Lin Yan, chairwoman of U-Top Investment (Saipan) Inc. and vice president of U-Tours Group Co. Ltd.
U-Top Investment is a joint-venture of China-Based U-Tour Group Co. Ltd. and CNMI-based Top Development Inc. Both companies have been at the forefront of travel and tourism in China and the CNMI for over three decades.
U-Tour Group is “one of China’s leading non-state-owned travel and tourism conglomerates” while TDI is a local company offering air service, ground transportation, and a host of other peripheral tour services. TDI was “instrumental in the development of the China-based charter-flight market
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109089-over-500-families-get-free-meals-on-thanksgiving