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Saipan Lions donate cash, goods to families displaced by Philippine volcanic eruption

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AFTER the eruption of Taal Volcano in the Philippines, Lions Clubs International District 204 Region 2 immediately initiated a fund drive to help displaced families, chair Annamae Adaza said.

“Time is of the essence in a dire situation,” she added

Region 2 comprises the Fil-American Lions Club, the Saipan Unity Lions Club, the Saipan Marianas Lions Club, the Saipan Alliance Lions Club, the Saipan Natibu Lions Club, and the Saipan Centennial Lions Club.

Adaza said they collected $1,740 from members and friends on Saipan.

In addition, she said, the Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club — in collaboration with Missione Evangelica Filipinna in Italy, the Lapitan family in the Philippines, the Jollibee Lopez Avenue Branch in Los Baños, the Philippines, through the village and youth councils of Paciano Rizal Bay, Laguna province headed by Marivic Briones — donated relief goods including blankets, water, toiletries, and food to evacuees from Talisay, Taal, and Tanauan, Batangas province who were affected by the volcanic eruption.

Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club president Eden Mercado said they are thankful to the family of one of their members, Anna Lapitan Mercado, who initiated the collection of donations.

The Saipan Centennial Lions Club, for its part, is collaborating with San Vicente II village council’s Loida Ame, Merlyn Cronico, and Leonardo Legaspi in providing food and hygiene kits to displaced families in that area.

“I know our help might not be that much, but for the people in need those things could mean a lot,” Saipan Centennial Lions Club president Arceli Lizama said.

For more information, call Annamae Adaza at 285-4388, Eden Mercado at 788-2416, Beth Escober at 285-9375, Ladyvir Canape at 989-2545, Danny Robles at 287-5374, Manny Castro at 783-6266 or Arceli Lizama at 287-6758.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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