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Ohala Foundation to hold food/clothing drive

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(Press Release) — The Ohala Foundation, a non-profit organization, will hold a food and clothing drive this Saturday, Nov. 21, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Atkins Kroll intersection/Oleai pavilion across from Modern Stationery on Saipan.

This Saturday's Ohala Drive seeks to receive donations that will significantly benefit families of the CNMI with food and clothing that will be distributed throughout that community. Public support for this effort is needed now more than ever especially  during such challenging times. Hunger and poverty have existed in the Marianas long before Covid-19 but the problem has since become more urgent due to the loss of jobs and sources of income.

 Leading the drive on Saipan will be 2019 Miss Earth NMI Leisha Deleon Guerrero. “I've always believed that it is important to use your given platform to empower and help our community with or without the title. I took the initiative to partner with the Ohala Foundation as a volunteer, to help organize and gather donations on the island of Saipan. We must continue to support our neighboring islands during these times” she said.

Tasi G. Long, vice chair for the foundation said, “Any little amount helps. We’re asking for the community to please reach out and help their fellow neighbor either through a small donation online at ohalafoundaton.com or by bringing food and other needed items directly to the pavilion this Saturday.”

 “We plan to reach out to local businesses and companies to help gather donations in hopes of providing more to those who need it the most. This month, we will be contacting those throughout our community to set up a box where customers and employees can donate food/clothing items, which will then be collected later this next month. This Saturday we have partners from Army ROTC NMC and 4-H Marianas to assist us and we invite local businesses in our community to contact us via Facebook, Instagram, our website at ohalafoundation.org or phone if they would like to help be a part of this cause," Deleon Guerrero said.

Rota, Saipan and Tinian will benefit from these drives, as all funds, clothing and food will go to the Ohala Foundation's programs.  The Ohala Foundation has plans for its organization to expand to Saipan and Rota by February 2021; however, the foundation is already working with several groups to co-sponsor events on both islands prior to February.

The Ohala Foundation has held events in Tinian to commemorate the start of its operations. The Ohala closet grand opening was held Nov. 3 followed by the Ohala community food and clothing drive on Nov. 3 and 4. Food bank meal distribution began on Nov. 6. Next week the Foundation will have a 2nd food distribution on Nov. 20, will conduct a Basic Customer Service/Marketing Training Program on November 30 and will feature a Spirit of Ohala Virtual Run on Dec.12.

 For more information on how to donate, volunteer or avail oneself of services  visit www.ohalafoundation.org or call 433-2664.

 About the Ohala Foundation

Guided by the principles that man must help his fellow man, the Ohala Foundation's mission is to work exhaustively to raise critically needed funds; and serve as the managing body for a Mariana Islands-based community assistance organization.  The cornerstone of that organization is the Ohala Food Bank, which under the Ohala Foundation’s leadership, provides free food, free meals and free disaster food assistance to those who are the most vulnerable in our communities. The foundation also offers career, medical and clothing services.

 

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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