Through efforts coordinated by Phoenix Indian Center, three semi-trucks with much-needed supplies for communities ravaged by COVID-19 were delivered to the Navajo Nation in mid-May. Hundreds of Valley residents and dozens of businesses joined the organization’s effort to collect bottled water, cleaning supplies, nonperishable food items, pet food, diapers and more in just six days.
“We are so grateful to everyone who came out in support of the Navajo Nation, we are truly overwhelmed with emotion,” says Patricia Hibbeler, CEO of Phoenix Indian Center. “Due to curfews designed to slow the spread of the virus, many people can’t go out and get what they need. And 30 percent of households don’t have running water.”
The Navajo Nation was one of the worst hot spots in the nation at the time, and accessing essential supplies is challenging. While the efforts of the Navajo Nation helped flatten the curve, the need for food, medicine and supplies still exists.
Some of the items donated include:
• 750 masks
• 5,000 cases of water}
• 300 boxes of diapers
• 1,000 packages of toilet paper
• 1,000 paper towels
• 1,000 containers of hand sanitizers
• 3,000 bottles of bleach
• 800 bottles of cleaning products
• 64 bales of hay
• 200 boxes of nitrile gloves
• 8 pallets of pet food
• 15 pallets of nonperishable food
Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, Southwest Truck Driver Training and Swift Transportation partnered with Phoenix Indian Center, generously supplying the semi-trucks and drivers who made their way to the Navajo Nation. All items and monetary donations went directly to the people in the community to help alleviate the effects of the crisis.
PHOTOS COURTESY PHOENIX INDIAN CENTER