Hundreds receive care packages from Empty Vessel Ministry

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AS early as 8 a.m. on Tuesday, community members started arriving at Garapan Central Park to receive care packages from the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation, a charitable organization.

“There were people already in the area before the distribution started at 10 in the morning,” EVM president and board chair Rosalyn Ajoste said.

EVM prepared 650 care packages and 300 more for “walk-ins” who did not register on the ministry’s Facebook page.

 Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation president and board chair Rosalyn Ajoste joins volunteers in the distribution of care packages at Garapan Central Park on Tuesday.

Ajoste said they strictly enforced social distancing rules during the distribution of care packages.

“The drive-thru distribution ensured a smooth operation,” she said.

Although EVM did not have enough volunteers to supervise the flow of vehicle traffic, it was manageable and they did not receive any complaints, Ajoste said.

EVM coordinator Veisinia Tilisa Mafi Peteru said they are very thankful to businesses and other donors that support the emergency food distribution program.


 Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation volunteer Maria Cabrera poses with the care packages ready for distribution.

The care packages contained boxes of cereal, milk, juice boxes, rice, and canned goods.

Among the donors are TSL Foundation/Tan Holdings, First Hawaiian Bank, House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan, and Kagman High School Class of 2K21 Prom Committee and Senior Class of 2020.

EVM founder Rose Smith expressed her appreciation to TSL Foundation/Tan Holdings “for their generous donations,” adding that she is also thankful to the other donors and volunteers.

 Community members receive their care packages in a drive-thru area at Garapan Central Park. Photos by Junhan B. Todino

She likewise thanked Rep. Ivan Blanco for helping EVM secure a venue for the distribution. As well as Mel Naputi, Marilyn Marron, and the crew from D&Q Distributors International.

Smith also thanked Kagman High School and its principal Leila C. Staffler and advisors for their combined donations.

“It is the most selfless act of kindness I have ever witnessed among CNMI high school students so far. God bless you richly. You are the hope of the future,” Smith said.



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