• Pacific Island Times Staff

Guam telecom provides support to Mangkhut victims

IT&E opens text-to-donate line for typhoon victims and extends Sept. billings

A week after Typhoon Mangkhut pummeled the Marianas, residents are still in need of help as the try to rebuild their lives following the storm’s destruction. IT&E is working to help victims of the typhoon by opening a text-to-donate line, donating supplies, and extending September’s payment deadlines.

After lashing Rota and Guam with heavy rains and sustained winds estimated at more than 100 mph on Sept. 10, Typhoon Mangkhut destroyed many homes, leaving hundreds living in shelters and waiting for aid to rebuild homes or looking for a new place to live entirely. Federal and local government agencies continue to assess the damage done to Guam and Rota.

“Typhoon Mangkhut is a reminder that the strength of our island communities lies in the willingness of our people to help each other in times of need. Working hand in hand, we can help our islands recover. We applaud all organizations, volunteers, and individuals that have given their assistance so far,” said Danny Daniel, IT&E Senior Manager of Brand and Public Relations.

IT&E has opened a text-to-donate line for its subscribers to help give relief to victims of the typhoon. Funds raised will go to the American Red Cross NMI and Guam Chapters to help provide food, supplies, shelter, and much-needed services. The American Red Cross plays an instrumental role in offering housing assistance, providing hot meals and other necessities, and offering comfort to typhoon victims.

Subscribers can donate $1, $5, or $10 by texting the following to HELP (4357):

· GIVE1 to donate $1

· GIVE5 to donate $5

· GIVE10 to donate $10

The text-to-donate line will be open until October 3. Every donation can help an individual, possibly a child, who is lacking basic necessities during this distressing time.

IT&E management and associates in Guam and Saipan also collected and donated supplies, including non-perishable food items, batteries, diapers, toiletries, and 300 cases of bottled water to the American Red Cross to distribute to people affected by the storm.

To encourage subscribers to focus their resources on recovery, IT&E has extended its September billing for Guam and CNMI residential and business accounts from Sept. 15 to Sept. 27.

As the Marianas and Guam take the first steps on the road to typhoon recovery, IT&E is remains committed to supporting efforts to improve the community and give help to those in need.

IT&E associates and management in Guam and Saipan donated necessities and supplies to the victims of Typhoon Mangkhut. Donations include non-perishable food items, batteries, diapers, toiletries, and 300 cases of bottled water.

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