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Tuesday, July 29, 2014-10:37:16A.M.

Last updateTue, 29 Jul 2014 12am

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Saipan Rotary Club donates CDs for troop care packages

CNMI servicemembers deployed to various parts of the world will be experiencing “Christmas in the Marianas” this year as the Rotary Club of Saipan donated 250 copies of CDs for the care packages that will be sent to the troops by CNMI Operation Home Front.

The Rotary Club of Saipan donated about 250 CDs to be used as packing items in this year’s Operation Homefront Support initiative. In photo are Operation Homefront Support committee member John Hirsh, second left, and Rotary Club of Saipan members, from left, Kim Forrester, Peter Schilling, Curtis Dancoe and Laila Y. Boyer at the Aging Office yesterday.  Photo by Kennedy Benjamin/NMI Red Cross
American Red Cross-NMI chapter executive director John Hirsh and health and safety manager Kennedy Benjamin yesterday accepted the box of “Christmas in the Marianas” CDs from Rotarians during the Thanksgiving luncheon at the Aging Office in Garapan.

“Christmas in the Marianas,” features 15 original and cover holiday songs in Chamorro, Carolinian and English interpreted by 15 artists from Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and Guam.

Benjamin said they have already collected over 230 names of the deployed CNMI servicemembers.

“This is the biggest number we have so far in the past five years. Those who have not given us the names and addresses of their deployed family members or relatives still have until this week to do so,” he said.

They have received 1,200 packs of cookies from U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, postcards from photographer Jack Hardy, maps of Saipan, canned goods and other goodies. Schools have also conducted their own donation drives and will be dropping their donations this week.

Benjamin said over 60 student-volunteers will be helping in the packaging and labeling of the care packages at the multi-purpose center on Saturday.

Donations are still being accepted. For more information, email operationhomefront@pticom.com, text or call 28-SHARE (74273).