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Propst thanks hurricane relief donors, volunteers

ABOUT 16 boxes of goods collected during the Hurricane Harvey relief drive have been shipped to Houston, Texas, where the hurricane victims included many former CNMI residents.

Representative Ed Propst, one of those who initiated the fundraising and relief drive, thanked all the donors and volunteers.

He said the boxes shipped to Texas last week were filled with about 800 pounds of canned goods, noodles, mosquito coils and hygiene products among others.

Rep. Ed Propst, center, with Mount Carmel School president Galvin Deleon Guerrero, left,  and Student Council president Erika Mendiola show the check for $857.83 that the MCS Student Council donated for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Rep. Ed Propst poses with students of Northern Marianas College’s School of Education and their donations.

The goods were collected during a two-week Hurricane Harvey relief drive initiated by the offices of Propst and Rep. Vinnie Sablan as well as several members of the community.

Propst said they raised $3,277.83 in monetary donations, including $857.83 from the Mount Carmel School Student Council; $500 from Emon Lodge No. 179; $300, House Minority Leader Ed Villagomez; $150, Jean Sablan; $20, Mary Takai; $300, Naked Fish; $1,000, Philip Mendiola-Long; and $150 from other donors.

“After we were devastated by Typhoon Soudelor, our fellow islanders in Texas quickly came to our aid, with four representatives from HAMI [Houston Association of Mariana Islanders] flying in and personally delivering several boxes of supplies and aid for our people, as well as shipping clothes and other items a few weeks later,” Rep. Vinnie Sablan said in a separate interview.

“We wanted to do what we could to show our gratitude, as we can never forget their kindness,” he added.

Reps. Ed Propst and Vinnie Sablan pose after preparing the boxes of goods for shipment.

Rep. Ed Propst and his chief of staff Vince Camacho pose with the  boxes of relief goods.

Propst said HAMI officers Joaquina D.L.G. Chong and Jennifer White Aguon have already received the goods and the monetary donations which were then distributed to families in need of help.

“They are most grateful to everyone in our community for their love and support for our fellow islanders in Texas.”

Propst said they are thankful for the companies, schools, organizations, and individuals for their generous contributions and assistance: Joeten Enterprises, Naked Fish Bar & Grill, Grace Christian Academy, Mount Carmel School, NMC School of Education, Clarence Tenorio Jr., Philip Mendiola-Long, House Minority Leader Ed Villagomez, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan and Andrea Sablan, Romeo “Bong” Malasarte, Emon Lodge No. 179, Jean D. Sablan, Vince and Rowena Torres, Karen Deleon Guerrero, Mark and Jean Rabauliman, Abby Lim, Daisy Kaipat, Carmelita Sablan, Mary Takai, Ivan Propst, Roderick Zandueta, Kristina Tenorio, Beth Nunez, Pastor Ray Kinsella, Galvin Deleon Guerrero, John Blanco, Erika Mendiola, Luis Camacho, Dawn Sablan, Patricia Cortez, Charlotte Cepeda, Vince Camacho, Sal Limes and Joe Aldan.

Joeten Susupe staffers pose with the donations for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Joeten Garapan had a drop off station for Hurricane Harvey relief goods.  Contributed photos

Rep. Ed Propst said they are also thankful to the many individuals who donated goods at the Joeten drop-off locations.

He said Roderick Zandueta donated canned and goods and drinks but these were turned over to Karidat and Empty Vessel Ministry since they already had the boxes packed.

There are also two cases of Ramen, a small bag of rice, and four cases of water that will be given to Karidat and Empty Vessel Ministry, he added.