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Latter-day Saints Charities partners with nonprofits for Navajo Nation

Dec 10, 2020, 11:28 AM
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Volunteers help pack and load boxes in a truck in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The donated items include new backpacks, crayons, binders, notebooks, toilet paper, canned food and soap. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with nonprofits Christkindlmarkt SLC and Navajo Strong, joined together to donate nearly 800 COVID-19 kits and 700 backpacks full of supplies that were collected and donated to families on the Navajo Nation.

The project came as the groups sponsored the St. Martin’s Project, a community service initiative.

“We didn’t know what the response would be,” said Sister Antje Uchtdorf Evans, executive board member of the Christkindlmarkt SLC.

“We’re just so overwhelmed by the kindness of the many people that have come to our donation sites.”

The church said that community members along the Wasatch Front came together and donated clothes, food and other essential resources at drop off locations in Bountiful, Draper and Salt Lake City.

“To date, we’ve served over 800 families on the reservation,” Navajo Strong project coordinator Melissa Pickering said. “All these bins are going to be distributed throughout Arizona and New Mexico.”


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Pickering said throughout the Navajo Nation, 30% to 40% of residents lack access to running water, electricity, and internet.

“There is very limited medical care on the reservation, which means a lot of people have to convalesce around all of their families,” said Elder Todd S. Larkin, an Area Seventy. “As a result, about one in eight people now on the reservation have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s the highest level in North America­­ – percentage of the population.”

Allyson Chard, founder of the Christkindlmarkt, said these donations show Utah’s greatness and generosity. 

“This is just more of a compliment to this community than anything else that people responded so generously, and families getting together, communities getting together, church groups, Rotary Clubs — just groups of people getting together, saying ‘We want to do something together.’

“I think [of] who it’s impacting — most of the people who are giving,” said Chard. “I’m a better person because I’m a part of this, and I’m hoping that as people receive these backpacks or these COVID kits that they’ll realize that there is someone that lives a few hours away that really cares,” she said.

The donations from Latter-day Saints charities and other groups to the Navajo Nation include new backpacks, crayons, binders, notebooks, toilet paper, canned food and soap.

 

The donated items include new backpacks, crayons, binders, notebooks, toilet paper, cans of food and soap in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Hundreds of bins and boxes were donated, packed and loaded to serve the Navajo Nation. The collection of items took place at This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Katie Graham, member of the Christkindlmarkt SLC committee, helps load donated boxes in a truck. Nearly 800 COVID-19 kits and 700 education backpacks were collected and donated for families on the Navajo Nation.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Volunteers help pack and load boxes in a truck in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The donated items include new backpacks, crayons, binders, notebooks, toilet paper, canned food and soap.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Sister Antje Uchtdorf Evans (left) and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf (right), executive board members of the Christkindlmarkt SLC, answer questions about the St. Martin's project in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Two young men carry a bin filled with donated items in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. More than 18,000 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the Navajo reservations and many Native Americans are struggling to meet their daily needs.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Bins donated to Navajo tribal members in need. The donation will be transported to a warehouse in Blanding, Utah, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Plans are to pack and store the items in a warehouse in Blanding, Utah, where they will be organized, cleaned and sanitized before distribution, in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf, executive board member of the Christkindlmarkt SLC and wife of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, helps pack donated items into boxes in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. These boxes will be distributed to the Navajo Nation.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Members of the Christkindlmarkt committee at the St. Martin’s service project in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The women are wearing German hats which are often decorated with pins and feathers.
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronaviruses transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Obtain a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A

Utah’s Coronavirus Information

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

 

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