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Marianas Variety: Saipan Young Professionals kicks off 2017 'Toys 4 Tots Program' (September 29, 2017)

ess Release) — The Saipan Young Professionals committee of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to establish an official chapter of Toys 4 Tots on Saipan.

Toys for Tots will be the signature project for the SYP committee. The members of the Saipan Young Professionals are excited to organize a generous outpouring of toys for our island’s children with the support of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce member businesses and our island community.

“Our goal is to secure a joy-filled holiday season for thousands of less fortunate children on our island. We are setting up donation boxes at chamber business establishments. We are also working with key organizations in our community to ensure that these toys reach those most in need. The holiday season is a joyous time but can be difficult for families less fortunate. We hope that we can band together as a community to make a positive difference in the lives of others” said SYP co-chair Beau Tomokane.

Your donations can be dropped off at the following 2017 Toys 4 Tots Partner locations: 360 Revolving Restaurant, Atkin’s Kroll Toyota, Bank of Guam (Chalan Piao Branch, Garapan Branch), Bubba Gump, Calvo’s Insurance, Capricciosa, Delta Management (Highway Express, Shell Puerto Rico, Shell San Roque, Shell Susupe), Fiesta Resort & Spa, Great Harvest Bread Co., Hyatt Regency Saipan, Kanoa Resort, Lollipops, Megabyte, Northern Marianas College, Pacific Islands Club Saipan, Saipan Tribune, Tan Holdings (1st Floor of JP Center), Triple J Motors, Truong’s, and the Saipan Chamber of Commerce office. Banners and posters have been distributed to these companies to make them easily identifiable as participants. The Saipan Young Professionals would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all partners.

Monetary donations are also being accepted. These funds will fill in the gaps to buy additional toys for age ranges and special needs not already provided for through standard donations. SYP and the Chamber have engaged with the Salvation Army, Karidat and Guma Esperansa, and the Department of Youth Services to make sure that all deserving children are included in the gift giving process. We especially welcome Pastor Wayne Gillespie’s expertise from his years of collections through the Rotary club which have provided many toys in past years. We are hopeful to exceed past goals and to bring joy to those in need during this holiday season.

Toys for Tots is a national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that has helped provide happiness and hope to disadvantaged children at Christmas for 70 years. From October to December every year, members of the Marine Forces Reserve, the Marine Corps League of Veterans, and local community organizations collect new and unwrapped toys, books and other gifts for less fortunate children in more than 700 communities across all 50 states. Donated items are distributed to the children most in need with the help of local welfare agencies, churches and other community groups. Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.2 million less fortunate children. Since 1947, over 209 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit

The SYP, an official committee of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, is a group of young professionals with a common goal to network and engage our peers and to make a positive difference. We recognize the need to develop young professionals throughout Saipan to be involved, to recognize important issues and to discuss solutions that will benefit the island we call home. We also strive to promote community involvement and opportunities that will empower our young professionals to become leaders. If you are interested in joining the SYP committee or for more information please contact 234-7150 or email [email protected].

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