Knights give back for Tinian Typhoon Relief

After Typhoon Yutu, the strongest storm to hit US soil ravaged through the Northern Mariana Islands, St. John’s School launched a donation drive to raise money and gather supplies for the residents of Tinian affected by Typhoon Yutu. Tinian was at the dead center of the eye, which was almost 4 miles wider than the entire island itself.

St. John’s National Honor Society (NHS), National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and Service Club hosted a fundraiser drive called “Two-Dollar Tuesday for Tinian” last October 30. Students and parents were encouraged to bring a two-dollar donation.  Members of the three organizations collected donations in the morning before school, the beginning of first period classes, and after school. A total of $1,297.93 was raised from the morning and afternoon parking lot, as well as the upper school collections. $91.50 was collected from the middle school building, coincidentally, $91.50 was also collected from the lower school building. Miscellaneous monetary donations totaled to $1,912.93, with proceeds going towards the Team Koka Foundation for the Tinian Typhoon Relief.

A supply drive focused on sanitation supplies, bug spray and bottle water commenced on October 30 and will run through November 7, 2018. Multiple donation boxes can be found in the St. John’s main office where the public may drop items during office hours, 8AM to 4PM, weekdays. Items will be donated to the Håya Foundation in conjunction with the Tinian Women’s Association who are helping to coordinate the shipping of these very necessary supplies to the people who need them most.

Furthermore, both NJHS and NHS will be donating $400 each to the Håya Foundation to supplement the Tinian relief effort.

As the recovery process may take months, the three school organizations will be focusing on long-term relief as well. They will be holding another drive closer to the Christmas season for in-kind donations such as clothing and non-perishable food.

Monetary donations are also accepted. If by check, please address to the Håya Foundation and specify for “Tinian Typhoon Relief”.

Special thanks to those who have contributed to the Tinian relief effort, and if you have not donated yet, please consider in helping our neighbors in need.

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