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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Relief Fund Marks Three Months of Organizing to Provide Relief for Navajo and Hopi Families Impacted by COVID-19

Shandiin Herrera of Oljato, Utah, with Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief.

By Cassandra Begay
June 8, 2020

TSIIZIZII, DINÉTAH (LEUPP, NAVAJO NATION) — The Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund and Effort (Relief Fund) marks its third month of operations as the Navajo Nation remains a hotspot of COVID-19. The Navajo Nation currently has 5,808 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 269 who have passed on in just three months as curfews and restrictions on businesses are lifted throughout the US.

“Our all-volunteer leadership team remains steadfast and committed to diligently protecting the wellbeing and health of vulnerable Navajo and Hopi community members during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Relief Fund founder Ethel Branch.

“That this effort has grown from a small crowdfunding campaign with a handful of volunteers shopping, sanitizing and making deliveries, to a massive region-wide effort with international attention in just twelve weeks has been incredibly remarkable and humbling. We are blessed and grateful for the amount of contributions and people who have stepped up to volunteer. Even though many are eager to return to their normal routines, we must continue to be vigilant as this crisis is not over, it truly is up to all of us to find ways to work together to stop the spread.” Branch said.

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