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Barny’s Pizza distributes care packages to IPI workers

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“IN times like these we need to help each other,” Barny’s Pizza owner Armela Ham said after distributing care packages to 32 furloughed workers of Imperial Pacific International in Garapan on Sunday.

She was accompanied by her husband Jimmy and other volunteers.

Mrs. Ham said the care packages contained rice, coffee, canned goods and other grocery items.

Barny’s Pizza, which has been operating on Saipan since 1998,  supports community events and provides assistance to non-profit organizations and groups that implement service-oriented programs. Barny’s Pizza is one of the school meal providers on island.

 

Barny’s Pizza management led by Jimmy and Armela Ham distributed care packages to the furloughed employees of Imperial Pacific International at their company-provided housing units in Garapan. Contributed photo

A retired teacher, Mrs. Ham said Barny’s Pizza  not only wants to “give back to the community, but also to motivate others to be generous especially in times of crisis.”

“It’s always been a pleasure for us to help,” she added.

Ernie Molina, a healthcare provider and a front liner at the Commonwealth Health Center, helped coordinate the care package distribution.

He said the IPI workers were “very grateful” for the donations of Barny’s Pizza, other businesses and members of the local community, including charitable organizations such as Karidat Social Services and the Salvation Army.

“When the Barny’s group arrived some of them [IPI employees] were still sleeping because they had nothing for breakfast,” Molina said.

Because of the global Covid-19 pandemic, IPI announced on March 16, 2020 that it was shutting down its hotel-casino “until further notice.”

 

        

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