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Empty Vessel Ministry donates goods, food to Tinian residents

THE Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation distributed food and other items to Tinian residents on Tuesday.

EVM founding director Rose Smith said the distribution is among the many projects funded by the proceeds of the recently held CNMI Next Top Chef competition.

“We want to continue this program every year and include Rota in the future,” she said, adding they will also distribute food and other items in various places on Saipan.

On Tinian, EVM volunteer Tabita Alokoa said 100 individuals, including those in need or having physical infirmities, received assorted food items, clothing, bedding and footwear.

Tinian Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas’ wife Connie with Empty Vessel Ministry volunteers Tapita Alokoa and Tokie Mojica from the office of Rep. Francisco S. Dela Cruz visit a mother of two.

Tinian volunteers sort donations of clothing, food, shoes, children’s books and school items at the Tinian Youth Center.

Aloka was assisted by fellow volunteers Veisinia Peteru and Tokie Mojica in distributing the items.

Aloka said volunteers from the Tinian Liaison Office on Saipan helped pack and transport the donations.

“We are also thankful for the support of the SN-5 shipping company which transported the goods for free,” Alokoa said.

Tinian Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas and his wife helped distribute the goods at the island’s youth center, Alokoa added.

The mayor’s wife, Connie, also helped distribute school supplies to students at Tinian’s Grace Christian Academy, Alokoa said.

Students at Grace Christian Academy in Tinian receive school supplies from Empty Vessel Ministry and the Tinian mayor’s wife, Connie.

Tinian’s first lady Connie talks to residents before the distribution of goods donated by the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation.  Contributed photos

Smith said the EVM likewise donated Christmas decorations for the medical referral housing facility in As Lito.

She thanked Rep. Francisco Dela Cruz and his staff for helping EVM put up the decorations.

“We are very thankful to all the supporters, especially the sponsors and the hotel association, of the top chef competition,” she said.

She likewise thanked the volunteers for their “unwavering commitment” to assist the ministry’s projects.