As part of GivingTuesdayNow, a global generosity event created in response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, several community members donated supplies to frontline workers.
Agana Heights Mayor Paul McDonald and his family personally donated over 800 novelty pens to the Guam Memorial Hospital, Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency and other government agencies to bring a sense of normalcy during this time of uncertainty.
Keandra McDonald, the mayor’s granddaughter, said that the frontline workers were glad to receive the supplies.
“I know pens seem really minute and very, ‘Okay, it’s a pen, it doesn’t do much.’ But I believe that donating something as little as that can make the owner of it smile and have a good day even if they’re in a stressful situation. And a lot of them were really surprised and happy to use it during their day at work,” McDonald said.
She added: “It felt really good to donate and I encourage people to give as little as they can to whoever they feel is important and whoever needs to be appreciated.”
The McDonald family also expressed their appreciation of the staff at the Agana Heights mayor’s office by gifting them with bok choy grown by the mayor himself.
McDonald says that the mayor is encouraging his village residents, if interested, to make donations to frontliners at his office.