We are not here to curse the darkness; we are here to light a candle.
-John F. Kennedy, 1960
Today was the day the organizers of Operation Homefront Support gathered all the donations we received and packed them into boxes to send to our active duty hometown heroes who are off-island this holiday season.
This is the second year Homefront Support has put together and mailed out care packages to troops. This year it was organized by Rotary Club of Saipan, American Red Cross, and Marianas Cable Vision.
The packages included things like SPAM, canned tuna, rice crackers, coconut chips, monument t-shirts, copies of the Saipan Tribune, Beach Road magazine, Hafadai magazine, letters from school kids, a little satchel (Indiana Jones had one) from the Red Cross, and other local foods and novelties.
I don't have a list of everyone who donated, but the list is long. Rotary Club donated $500+ for shipping and a few members helped out with the organizing and packaging. I donated the last of the Indigenous t-shirts from last year's campaign and a few booklets on the monument.
Thanks to everyone who donated and to everyone who helped us package up the boxes.
180 of the Commonwealth's finest will get a taste of home thanks to your generosity.