As we cap off the end of Liberation month, Guam’s Liberation Queen gave some island hospitality to the sailors from the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.
During her time working at a restaurant outside one of the island’s military bases, Santa Rita resident Regina Duenas spent her days listening to service members talk about how much they missed their families who are thousands of miles away.
So when the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt docked on Guam, filled with hundreds of sailors sick with COVID-19 in March, she thought of her own brother who is in the U.S. Navy and felt the need to help.
Duenas has made history as not only the island’s 75th Liberation Queen, but also the first person to hold the title for two years. And she wanted to use her platform for good.
With the help of her family and coworkers, Duenas was able to donate $1000 worth of snacks to give to the sailors on the Roosevelt.
“My sister brought the idea up to us on a Wednesday, and then on Thursday, I didn’t really do anything about it. On Friday, we went to Cost U Less and got all the goods. And then on Saturday, we dropped it off,” Duenas said.
Duenas was able to facilitate her donations safely, after contacting a chapel on base that was accepting donations.
“I contacted the chapel that they have on base that was accepting donations because I saw a picture of someone who donated. So that inspired me to contact them. Before I went to work I called them up, and they told us we can meet up outside the base because I don’t have base privilege. It was really quick and the process was very easy. Anyone could do it,” Duenas said.
Although Duenas was not able to witness the sailors’ reactions in person, she felt their gratitude after watching a video of the sailors thanking her and her family for their kind donation.
Regina hopes that this act of kindness will encourage others to lend a helping hand to those in need, most especially during this very difficult time.