DFS is actively supporting typhoon relief efforts in Saipan and Tinian
Duty free retailer DFS has mobilized its staff and resources to aid in relief efforts towards typhoon victims in Saipan and Tinian.
On October 24, Super Typhoon Yutu struck the islands of Saipan and Tinian in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI). The Category 5 typhoon left a trail of destruction in its wake, with many houses destroyed and over 150 people injured. Saipan and Tinian are both US islands.
In the wake of the typhoon’s damage, DFS’ senior management has mobilized much-needed relief measures for staff and local residents including shower and laundry facilities and fresh water supplies.
The retailer had also set aside an initial donation of $60,000 to the CNMI Chapter of the American Red Cross to support recovery efforts on Saipan and neighbouring Tinian.
Additionally, DFS has set up an online fundraising website. It has committed to match all employee donations, targeting to raise $100,000 in individual pledges. Other DFS divisions, including South East Asia and Hawaii, have so far contributed over US$50,000 to support their colleagues, their families and the community.
“We continue to see a high number of natural disasters around the world, impacting the lives of countless people,” said DFS Group Chairman and CEO Ed Brennan.
“DFS is committed to supporting our employees and their communities in good times and in bad, and we will do everything we can to help the people of Saipan to recover from the effects of Super Typhoon Yutu.”
“DFS is an international company, but we are also proud to be a local business,” said Marian Aldan-Pierce. We look forward to resuming normal operations serving visitors to our island as well as local residents, but for now we remain focused on helping families to rebuild their lives.”
DFS employs more than 300 people in two outlets at Saipan International Airport and at TGalleria by DFS on Beach Road. It started its operations on Saipan in 1976.