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Navajo Santa had a wonderful food distribution this past weekend at the White Mesa Ute Community! This small community is disconnected from their Ute Mountain Ute Tribal land in Colorado and often feel overlooked and isolated. We worked closely with the White Mesa Administration, listened to their suggestions and concerns and discussed possible projects that could provide benefit to the residents.

Thanks to a generous donation by the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation seventy-five families (230 individuals) received water, juice, cases of canned goods and dry goods, Blue Bird flour, coffee, and apples. All recipients were very appreciative of this gift of grocery items to last each family at least one month or more. In addition, Navajo Santa purchased a washer and dryer, cookware and an industrial can opener for the White Mesa Senior Center.

Our thanks to Macey’s in Spanish Fork for the pricing discount on all of the food. The Hales family and Mike Dahl for the purchasing and long groggy night transporting it. A big shout out to our Navajo Santa and Ute community volunteers who were an immense help; to John McHugh for procuring the Blue Bird Flour; Marianne Felt for spearheading the Senior Center gifts; Gwen Cantsee and Cindy Badback our Ute leaders on the ground, and to the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation for their generous grant committed to this event.

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