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Seventh-day Adventist Church distributes face masks to Tinian Elementary School students

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AS part of its service to the community, the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tinian donated 264 pieces of reusable/washable face masks to Tinian Elementary School students Monday.

SDA Pastor Paulo Restauro Jr. said the church’s women’s ministry and health ministry helped sew the face masks for children.

It was not the first time for SDA  to extend help to the community, Restauro said.

“It has always been our mission and commitment to extend services to the community whenever possible,” he added.

Every year, the SDA church conducts a health expo, which offers free dental checkup, tooth extraction, and eye checkup to the Tinian community.

“We have to suspend those activities because of the pandemic and the ongoing government directives about social distancing and in-person gathering,” Restauro said in a phone interview. 

The Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saipan distributed over 200 face masks to Tinian Elementary School on Monday. From right, Tinian Elementary School principal Lou Connie B. Manglona, TES staff member Julie Diaz, Charie Restauro of Tinian SDA Church women's ministry coordinator, and TES administrative support and student services staff member Maggie Sarmiento. Contributed photo

However, he said, the church continues to look for other opportunities to help the community.

He said not many stores are selling face masks for children and it has always been a challenge for parents to find small face masks for their kids. “So we thought of making face masks for children so when they go back to face-to-face classes they have something to use and it will not be uncomfortable because it will perfectly fit their small faces,” he added.

SDA distributed 22 pieces of face masks for kindergarten students; 34 for first graders; 43 for second graders; 29 for third graders; 32 for fourth graders; 41 for fifth graders; 30 for  sixth graders; and 33 for school teachers and other school staff.

“We are hoping that this small gesture will encourage others to also extend help to the community as we try to withstand the pandemic,” Restauro said. 


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