28 May 2020

 

Update: We have had our first flight of PPE and other hygiene supplies to HERT and Risk Management offices on the Hopi Reservation.   Our next flights of hygiene supplies are scheduled to go to Chinle, AZ on the Navajo Reservation starting Friday.   We are also mailing packages to masks to various locations on the Reservations for distribution.   THANKS! To all of you who have helped.

20 May 2020

Dear friends:

 

Across most of the country, Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted.  It feels as if we have weathered the worst of the storm.  Hope is on the rise.

 

But not everywhere.

 

On the Hopi and Navajo Reservations, things are not looking as bright.  Both reservations are still in lockdown.  Cases continue to rise.  And due to limited health care, lack of basic necessities, and extreme distances it’s almost as if the Covid-19 virus has found its perfect home.

This is why Sumi Nungwa has teamed up with “With Love, From Strangers” to help provide critical supplies that are just not available on the reservations. 

 

We have an extensive network of contacts in the air and on the ground.  For example, “H.E.R.T.” (Hopi Emergency Response Team”) will provide “two-week Covid-19 boxes” to people who have tested positive for Covid-19 to help them safely quarantine. 

 

Many of the supplies desperately needed are simply not available on the reservations.

Sumi Nungwa and With Love, From Strangers have developed a unique lifeline that allows us to get these needed supplies to the groups that use them directly.

 

But we need your help.

 

Below is a list of needed supplies.  ANY amount of ANY of the items on the list will help.  From masks to toothpaste to diapers, all we need you to do is obtain the supplies and drop them off at any of our drop-off points.   We can also accept monetary donations and purchase supplies tax exempt because Sumi Nungwa is a 501c3 non-profit.   

 

Here’s the catch - We are not certain how long this lifeline can be kept open.  Right now we have pilots available through Angel Flight West who are flying supplies to the Reservations.   The situation is extremely fluid and our ability to help could change at any time. 

 

If you are thinking of helping, please do so right away.  The need is great.  Our chance to help is here now.  Anything on the list you can help with, please do.  Small donations are gladly accepted.  We can only plan about two weeks in advance.

 

Please consider helping.  These people are in critical need of our help right now. 

 

Kwa Kwa! (Hopi for thank you!)

 

 

NEEDED SUPPLIES

* - Items of particular need at this moment

Drinking water: 1 to 5-gallon units are ideal but individual water bottles are ok

* Bleach

* Spray bottles – 2 oz to 12 oz

Hand sanitizer

*Disinfecting wipes

Disposable gloves

Paper towels

Toilet paper

* Bar soap or liquid hand soap

* Laundry detergent

* Thermometers

* Alcohol wipes to clean thermometers

* Masks - Handmade are great; ties preferred to elastic

Baby diapers

Adult diapers & pads/chucks

Menstrual pads and tampons 

Wipes

* Covid-19 Hygiene boxes: travel size shampoo, soap, lotion, toothpaste/brush, floss, wipes, sanitizer, wash cloth & towel, etc.   (Give us what you have and we’ll assemble the boxes)

 

DROP OFF POINTS:

Sumi Nungwa, 3521 South (~3810 East) Eastwood Dr, East Millcreek, 84109, Cheryl - 801.277.4515, cell 801.520.3625

BizWear, 4401 South 500 West, Murray, 84123 – Hours: M-F, 10 - 4

Chatterton’s, 2021 West Arthur Dr, West Jordan, UT 84084

With Love, From Strangers 7365 South 4450 West, West Jordan, UT 84084

Myrtle Naha, age 96, plays it safe even at home.   Masks can be hard to get, but bandanas are a good substitute and her daughters are creative.

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