Guam Navy Donates To Super Typhoon Victims
TAMUNING, Guam (Nov. 19, 2013) – U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and USS Frank Cable (AS 40) made a donation to the Philippine Red Cross at the Philippine Consulate General in Tamuning, Guam Nov. 19 to support relief efforts to those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan .
NBG Chapel parishioners donated $3,187 and Frank Cable’s Chief Petty Officer Association donated more than $1,165, which was presented to Philippine General Consul Bayani Mangibin.
“We would like to show our care for our brothers and sisters affected by the typhoon, not only through our prayers but also these donations,” said NBG Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Rean Enriquez. “It is the overwhelming support and generosity of the community that is shown by this amount collected in one day.” Enriquez said the chapel’s donations were collected during services held the previous Sunday. Both Catholic and Protestant parishioners contributed.
The super typhoon had a massive effect on islands in the Philippines’ Visayas region, with nearly 4,000 deaths recorded to date and thousands more injured or missing. Homes were flattened, businesses destroyed and a lack of food and potable water has been a growing concern for relief workers.
“There’s nothing small about these donations,” Mangibin said. “They will be a source of inspiration and a source of joy for those who will be receiving it.”
For Senior Chief Master-at-Arms (SW) Dean Sayre, USS Frank Cable, the donation was personal for him as he has friends and family in the Philippines. “Being in the military you’re an ambassador everywhere you go,” he said. “In foreign ports, in U.S. territories and throughout the world, our presence is very important not just for wartime efforts, but mainly for helping out people. The military is known for helping out people and we want to continue that legacy.”
For more information about donations, contact the Philippine Consulate General at 646-4620 or the NBG Chapel at 339-2126.