Guam – Since Friday, December 14, 2012 through Wednesday, employees of the Judiciary of Guam are visiting with the 83 wards of the Public Guardian to deliver Christmas gifts and holiday cheer.
Judiciary employees selected the wards as part of their annual charitable personal contribution campaign.
In addition to the holiday gifts from the court employees, care packages were assembled by a group of community volunteers referred to as the “elves.” These community volunteers have been assembling care packages for the last 10 years with the assistance of generous donations.
[ Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido and Court Employees from the Administration Division and Supreme Court sing Christmas carols to residents admitted to the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Guam Memorial Hospital]
Public Guardian Marceline Santos has been appointed by the Courts to serve as guardian of all 83 residents, who by reason of age, disease, or disability, are unable to properly manage their own care. In these cases, no other guardian among family and friends can be identified.
[Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido and Janet Beldad, Chamber Administrator of Justice Katherine A. Maraman present a television to an elderly ward of the Public Guardian adopted by Justice Katherine A. Maraman.]
The 83 wards range in age from 15 to more than 90 years old and reside in a variety of residential conditions. Teenage wards reside in foster homes, while others are currently in the GMH Skilled Nursing Unit. A large number of the wards reside at St. Dominic’s and group homes operated by human services providers. Only 13 live with family while another 4 live with adult care givers.
For more information, please contact Joshua F. Tenorio at 475-3278.