On Nov. 23 the Salvation Army Lighthouse Recovery center held its 10th annual Thanksgiving Day feast at the Chamorro Village. The island’s homeless or people who are in need were invited to this free lunch event. People who were interested in donating items such as canned goods dry noodles and bags of rice were given until Nov.17 to donate.

On Nov. 19 the Guam Diabetes Association held its 5K Run/Walk/Wheel for Diabetes in support of increasing diabetes awareness in the island community. Free T-shirts were given out to the first 1 000 finishers. Roundtrip tickets for two to Manila Hong Kong Cairns or Bali were handed out as the grand prize.

First lady Joann G. Camacho president of the Guam HOPE Foundation; along with Guam public school system officials distributed 32-gallon trash containers with lids to the principals of Guam’s 37 public schools on Nov. 3. A total of 230 trash containers were distributed. This is just one of the many projects Camacho’s Guam HOPE Foundation and the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association’s "Project" ABC Telethon have raised funds to support the needs of public schools on Guam.

The Hilton Guam Resort & Spa was due to launch its 2006 holiday train display on Nov. 22. Children who are under the Make-A-Wish foundation were to be present during the official launch to unveil their wishes and for a check presentation from Hilton. The train display will be showcased until the early part of January and will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. To uphold tradition Hilton has chosen to donate all proceeds earned from the train display to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On Nov. 17 The Rotary Club of Northern Guam hosted an auction at the Hyatt Regency hotel. All proceeds went to several of its community service projects including the club’s scholarships. Proceeds were also used to financially aid charitable organizations such as Sanctuary Inc. the American Red Cross the American Cancer Society the Christmas Drop and other youth organizations. About $11 000 was raised.

On Nov. 8 The Bank of Guam contributed $10 000 to the Make-A-Wish foundation’s 2007 corporate fundraising drive. This was the bank’s second consecutive contribution to this fundraising effort.

On Oct. 30 the Make-A-Wish foundation brought 10-year-old Sakurako Kubota from Hiroshima to Guam as part of her wish to visit the island and swim in the waters of Guam. During her brief stay on Guam Sakurako went on an island tour visited the Wednesday Night Market at the Chamorro Village and Cocos Island Resort and enjoyed the Nautilus submarine and dolphin watching tour.

On Oct. 27 South Pacific Petroleum Corp. donated cases of drinks and bags of ice to Roke B. Blas mayor of Sinajana; and D.C. "Robert" Hoffman vice mayor of Sinajana; for the village’s fiesta.

More than 90 Citigroup volunteers on Guam comprised of senior managers employees and their families and friends assisted the Salvation Army in their Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drive as well as the Guam Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit’s Christmas decorating event on Nov. 18. The Citigroup volunteers also hosted a pre-Thanksgiving meal for the SNU residents and staff. The Guam volunteers joined more than 30 000 Citigroup volunteers worldwide in 100 countries in taking an active role in the community for a day recognizing the day as "Global Community Day."

On Nov. 4 Triple J Motors celebrated its new authorized dealership for Honda and Acura by hosting the Triple J Honda Acura 5K run/walk. All proceeds raised from the event went to two organizations: The Salvation Army Guam Corps and the Oasis Empowerment Center.

From Oct. 8 to 11 Tetsuya Maeda was on Guam with his family after having his wish granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation. Maeda was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma a type of bone cancer. His wish was to walk on Guam’s seashores. During his stay on Guam Maeda went to the Wednesday Night Market at the Chamorro Village and ate traditional fiesta food. He was also able to utilize the facilities at the Pacific Islands Club Guam and was treated to the hotel’s cultural dinner show. In addition Maeda was able to visit Cocos Island Resort.

On Oct. 9 the Rotary Club of Palau donated about 100 books to the Melekeok Elementary School in support of the organization’s literacy program. The Rotary Club of Palau worked with Continental Micronesia Bestseller Guam and Bank of Guam in making the donation possible.

On Oct. 9 Nippon Izokukai "" the Japan War-Bereaved Families Association donated a wheelchair to the Belau National Hospital. The wheel chair was presented Victor Yano health minister for Palau and will be brought to the Peleliu clinic for patients to use.MBJ