20 Nov 2012
- By Raquel C. Bagnol - Reporter
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org, text or call 28-SHARE (74273).