‘Meals for the Marianas’ event raises over $3K for Karidat

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(Press Release) — Karidat Social Services is thankful for the generous donation from Asia Hilario and Leah Recania.

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, they hosted a “Meals for the Marianas” event, a virtual online wellness fundraiser for Karidat’s food pantry. They quickly surpassed their goal of raising $1,000 and instead, raised $3,525 for Karidat.

Asia is a social influencer who focuses on mental health, women empowerment and philanthropy. Leah is a personal trainer. Together, they’ve teamed up to fundraise for important causes on their Self-Care Saturday’s series. Their first fundraiser was dedicated to “Dream Center,” a Los Angeles-based resource center focused on finding solutions for homelessness, hunger and the lack of education through residential and community outreach programs.

When the pandemic first began, Leah and Asia teamed up again to help people. This time, they decided to host a fundraiser for Saipan. Asia reached out to local businessman Glen Hunter to find an organization to work with. Glen then connected Asia with Karidat Social Services. Asia, who was raised on Saipan before moving to California, is no stranger to helping the Saipan community — she and her parents shipped 60 boxes of household goods and supplies in response to the destruction caused by Super Typhoon Yutu.

On Saturday, about 30 participants joined Asia and Leah for their fitness and wellness event. Leah led the group with a meditation, stretching, and a HITT (High intensity interval training) workout. Asia led a wellness talk centered on resiliency — even sharing personal stories of overcoming obstacles and adversities. The “Meals for the Marianas” event focused on health and wellness, which are both important to get through the pandemic.

Karidat applauds Asia and Leah for their successful fundraiser. Karidat will use the generous donation to purchase canned food and supplies to distribute to families impacted by Covid-19.

“The efforts of Asia and Leah represent the vision of the late Bishop Thomas A. Camacho, that the generosity of the community and the values of service to others, will help the most vulnerable in our community,” Karidat said. “Thank You Asia and Leah for your generous donation to the Karidat food pantry. And most importantly, for sharing methods to maintain health and wellness during this pandemic too.”

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