A Hawaii nonprofit is accepting donations this weekend to help victims of Typhoon Soudelor in Saipan.

The storm hit Saipan over two weeks ago, but residents are still without electricity and running water because over half of the power infrastructure was destroyed.

Hundreds of residents became homeless, and are living in shelters, in their cars or in tents.

Reach Out Pacific, in conjunction with state Sen. Glenn Wakai’s office, is accepting batteries, sleeping bags and other goods at the Safeway on Pali Highway on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Saipan Typhoon Soudelor

Children sleep at a shelter in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor destroyed their home.

Courtesy of Dan Lin

According to a press release from Wakai’s office, the group is looking for “bottled water, tents, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, baby/disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, batteries (all sizes), battery operated lanterns, flashlights, gently used clothing (infant to adult, all sizes).”

Wakai’s press release said the donation drive is being organized by former Northern Marianas resident LJ Duenas.

“I have experienced many typhoons during my time on Saipan, but I have never seen anything like this before; the destruction is surreal. Priorities have changed. Life has changed on Saipan. Let’s share our Aloha with those in Saipan,” said Duenas.

On Saturday morning, the group will pick up donated medical equipment from Castle Hospital and 60 mattresses from Trump International. Matson is donating a container, and Pacific Transfer, Safeway and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman are also assisting.

Saipan Typhoon Soudelor

A child sits on a pool table at a shelter in Saipan in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor.

Courtesy of Dan Lin

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