Members of the Sandia Prep community came together to collect much-needed items for the Navajo Nation, the community hardest hit by COVID-19 in New Mexico.
In a one-hour span, families dropped off enough diapers, baby clothing, and gowns for medical workers to stuff the Outdoor Leadership Program's (OLP) SUV. In addition, volunteers donated $2,000. The project's GoFundMe page has netted an additional $5,000 so far. Monetary donations will be used for other critical supplies, such as hand sanitizer.
The supplies are intended for healthcare workers and those caring for sick family members in tribal communities in the Southwest.
Molly Rennie, English teacher and director of Prep's OLP, organized the effort. “I work at a very community-oriented school, so I wasn’t surprised to see this huge outpouring of support,” Rennie told the Albuquerque Journal. “We had one person donate an entire bag of homemade gowns. Ever since we sent out the email, people started sewing gowns and masks like crazy.”