CHCC public health programs distribute holiday gifts to infants and children

(Press Release) — For most families, the holiday season is a time of celebration and gift giving. But, for many in the CNMI, this holiday season is marked by the recovery that is still taking place due to the devastation of Super Typhoon Yutu.

Many have lost homes and personal possessions and thus have forgone putting up Christmas Trees or buying gifts. To help bring some holiday spirit into the community, the Division of Public Health Services partnered with the Saipan Young Professionals as part of the Saipan Young Professional’s annual Toys 4 Tots Christmas gift campaign. Almost 400 kids, ranging in ages of newborn through 17 years, who are in households served by DPHS Maternal Child Health Bureau programs will receive gifts donated through this partnership. Gifts will be distributed to MCHB program participant households on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Saipan Young Professionals present almost 400 pieces of donated holiday gifts to the staff and management of the Division of Public Health Services. These gifts will be distributed to children in households enrolled in the Maternal Child Health Bureau program services.Saipan Young Professionals present almost 400 pieces of donated holiday gifts to the staff and management of the Division of Public Health Services. These gifts will be distributed to children in households enrolled in the Maternal Child Health Bureau program services.

“We want to acknowledge the hard work and significant contribution that the Saipan Young Professionals have made this year to the many children we serve, most especially those severely impacted by the recent Super Typhoon. We also want acknowledge the generosity of everyone in the community who have helped to contribute to the annual Toys 4 Tots Christmas Toy Drive. We recognize that this year, more than previous years, has been a quite challenging time for many in our community as we all are recovering from the typhoon. While these gifts may not replace things that have been lost in the typhoon, they will surely help keep the holiday spirit alive among our community’s youngest and most vulnerable population- our children,” states Heather Pangelinan, MCH bureau administrator.

Staff of the Division of Public Health Services with their director wrap holiday gifts.  CHCC photosStaff of the Division of Public Health Services with their director wrap holiday gifts. CHCC photos

The Saipan Young Professionals is a committee through the Saipan Chamber of Commerce that consists of young professionals based in the CNMI. Committee members participate in community projects and work together in identifying and addressing local issues. Main organizer for this year’s Toys 4 Tots contribution to the DPHS MCHB is Saipan Young Professional member and Saipan Chamber of Commerce administrator, Mercilyn Palec. 

The DPHS MCHB serves infants and children, including children with special health care needs, through programs such as the Healthy Outcomes for Maternal and Early Childhood Visiting Program and Early Intervention Services Program located at the Children’s Development Assistance Center.