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Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion co-sponsors Tinian’s first food bank

C/CSM Emiliana King and C/CPT Yesha Reyes working inside the Ohala Foundation Closet
C/CSM Emiliana King and C/CPT Yesha Reyes working inside the Ohala Foundation Closet
Photo Credit: C/CPT Samantha Sandbergen
  • Posted on November 30th, 2020
  • Story by: C/CPT Samantha Sandbergen
  • 8th Brigade
    Event Service Learning

SAN JOSE, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS -- Even amidst the COVID crisis, the Tinian JROTC cadets remain active & always looking for ways to make a positive impact in their community. On November 3rd and 4th, the Stallion Battalion helped raise funds for Tinian’s first and only food bank: The Ohala Foundation. Working together with the Tinian Jr. Sr. High School National Honor Society and Student Council student leaders, the food & clothing drive was held from 1 PM to 6 PM in the Bank of Guam parking lot on Tinian.

While most of the cadets were outside under the hot sun holding up signs & encouraging Tinian residents to donate, the rest of the cadets were inside the Ohala Foundation Closet, fixing it up & organizing its contents (clothes, shoes, cosmetics, etc.) for customers.

The cadets were motivated & energetic throughout the entire ten hours, loudly cheering and whooping with each and every donation no matter how small; the cadets acknowledge that every donation would add up, and it really did — with all of our combined efforts, the Foundation managed to raise over $1,400 in just those two days!

In addition to this, the Tinian JROTC program also sponsored another Ohala Foundation event called the “Meals and Shiny Wheels” fundraiser on November 14th. The cadets, alongside the Tinian Jr. Sr. High School Class of 2021, worked tirelessly the entire day — making & selling tasty snacks/food and washing a total of over 30 cars!

All of the money raised was used to purchase nonperishable foods & other goods that were then handed out to Tinian residents completely for free — check out The Ohala Foundation website and Facebook page to see what amazing things they do next!

We would like to thank everyone who donated to or spread the word about the Foundation — the Stallion Battalion is so glad to have co-sponsored an organization that works to help the people of Tinian. No matter the situation, we are always excited to help the Tinian community in any way we can. HOOAH!


Additional Images
Supplies donated to The Ohala Foundation
Supplies donated to The Ohala Foundation
C/CPT Kiran Shrestha cleaning interior of car
C/CPT Kiran Shrestha cleaning interior of car
Cadet (left) cleaning exterior of car alongside co-founder & chairman of The Ohala Foundation, Mr. Phillip Thomas Mendiola Long (right)
Cadet (left) cleaning exterior of car alongside co-founder & chairman of The Ohala Foundation, Mr. Phillip Thomas Mendiola Long (right)
C/PVT Jun Jie Luo cleaning exterior of car
C/PVT Jun Jie Luo cleaning exterior of car
C/PVT Jun Jie Luo cleaning exterior of car (left) alongside C/PV2 Ismail Hossain (right)
C/PVT Jun Jie Luo cleaning exterior of car (left) alongside C/PV2 Ismail Hossain (right)