Friends of CW celebrate Mother’s Day by distributing care packages

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THE Friends of CW celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday by distributing care packages to workers on CW-1 permits who have been furloughed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organizer Irene Nepomuceno-Holl said they prepared 80 packages for the third round of distribution on Sunday at the Garapan Round House.

On May 1, the group distributed 60 care packages to furloughed CWs.

Nepomuceno-Holl said they will have another distribution on May 17, adding that her group continues to receive cash and in-kind donations.

One of the volunteers, Alma Basilgo, who is an ER nurse at the Commonwealth Health Center, said the recipients must present their CW-1 permits and identification card.

“We also check the individual’s current employment and address on island,” she added.

Irene Nepomuceno-Holl, center, background, organizer of the Friends of CW, and other volunteers make a heart sign in honor of mothers at the Garapan Round House on Sunday. Photo by Junhan B. Todino

To ensure a smooth distribution of care packages, Basilgo said each recipient was told when to pick up the package, which contains noodles, butane canisters, coffee, rice, toilet paper, canned goods, and bread.

Besides Nepomuceno-Holl and Basilgo, the other volunteers are Ladyvir Santos Dela Cruz Canape, Guillermo Canape, Tyra Lyn Sablan, Martha Bonitz Badelles, Mary Grace Bautista, Ryanjohn Malasaga, Danny Borlain, Helen Pacurib, Rosanna Mendoza-Ortiz, Dimple Basilgo, Judy Mendietta, Jackie Payopay, Aaron Cabug, Ezeth Buenaventura, Michael Holl, Iva Maurin, Wilfredo Escano and second lady Wella Palacios.

On behalf of the group, Nepomuceno-Holl expressed her appreciation to donors Bridge Capital LLC, Mar Masilungan, Tan Holdings employees, Lion Atoy Banting, Josephine Orcia, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Emergency Room department, Elsie Ringor and Elvie Lizardo of CHCC ER Department, Marissa Hardt, Dr. Martin Rohringer, Shirley Reyes, ER Department (McAllen, Texas), Emily Cabrera, D'Elegance Café, Pebbles Basilgo, Valentino and Liza Cruz, Maricar Lustre and Latisha Anne de Jesus, Anna Liza Guancia, Danny Borlain, JNL Corporation/Jenny Elayda, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Genpro International Inc., Elena Relox, Ghirlie Attao, Birhen Martinez, Herman's Modern Bakery, Gerald Aniciete, Jerica Ocaya, Bryan Balboa, and Frank and  Marie Sablan.

Nepomuceno-Holl also thanked Puerto Rico Bento and the other off- and on-island donors who requested anonymity.

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