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First People’s COVID-19 Resource Drive


ASU is hosting a second First People’s COVID-19 Resource Drive on Thursday, June 25 for Navajo, Hualapai, Havasupai and White Mountain Apache Tribes beleaguered by COVID-19.

Event Details
Thursday, June 25, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Drive-through collection, ASU Sun Devil Stadium Parking Lot 59, 200 South Packard Drive, Tempe 85287
Thursday, June 25, Afternoon
Volunteers travel round-trip with donations to Hualapai Reservation
Friday June 26, Morning
Volunteers Travel round-trip to Navajo Nation to Deliver Supplies to Navajo Housing Authority

Requested items:
PPE items: masks, gloves and cloth gowns
No-contact thermometers
Hand Sanitizer and Wipes
Baby Supplies: Formula, diapers, wipes
Personal Hygiene and Cleaning supplies
Non-perishable Food
Water, electrolyte and sport beverages
Emergen-C, Coffee, Tea
Paper Supplies: TP, towels, plates
Pet Food
Art Supplies
Seeds (for planting)

GoFundMe Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/first-peoples-covid-resource-drive

Donation Collection Notes:
Strict social distancing protocols will be enforced – contributors at ASU Sun Devil Stadium will stay in their cars and masked volunteers will unload vehicles and load moving vans.

Press Interview Opportunities

The event organizers, all from the construction industry and affiliated with ASU’s Construction in Indian Country Initiative, are available for phone interviews about the initiative throughout the week of the event and in person on site during the event.

In addition, with advance notice, interviews with Tribal Leadership and corporate sponsors can be arranged during the week of the event.

Unique Angle

Kari McCormick, who has been a key contact with Nation officials, said:

“I am working with the Point of Contact for Hualapai and this might be a compelling story since so much has focused on Navajo. The Hualapai have been on virtual lock-down with little media exposure and there is a new council. They will be sharing their donations with their sister tribe, the Havasupai, whose community is at the base of the Grand Canyon. Volunteer helicopters will be airlifting supplies to their Community.

“Because neither are gaming Tribes, the majority of their income is reliant on tourism. The Hualapai board made the tough decision early on to close down (at their peak season) all of their enterprises. This will have a huge impact on their Community.”

An ASU Now article about the first event (https://asunow.asu.edu/20200511-arizona-impact-sun-devil-nation-shows-navajo-nation) has details about how the team originally connected and the results of the first drive.

There is a Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/Firstpeoplescovidresourcedrive

And, the team put together a compelling video here: https://vimeo.com/418272699

For additional information or to arrange advance interviews, contact:

Theresa Grant
ASU Media Relations Officer (Engineering)
Theresa.Grant@asu.edu
(520) 907-2248 (Cell)