San Juan College professor organizes donation drive for Navajo Nation | KOB 4

San Juan College professor organizes donation drive for Navajo Nation

Diana Castillo
Created: May 12, 2020 11:09 PM

FARMINGTON N.M.— With many in need at this time, the community has organized a donation drive for the Navajo Nation. Now other communities across state lines are also stepping up to help. 


Danielle Sullivan, a San Juan County professor, wanted to help people, especially when resources are limited for many. 

“So many of us feel hopeless during this pandemic. We don't have that sense of control, we don't know what to expect or what's coming and getting out there and helping people gives us a sense of purpose and I think it helps us mitigate that hopelessness,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan decided to take control and organize a donation drive for the Navajo Nation at San Juan College. Although the need is great, Sullivan had another reason to help. 

“So many of my students who live on the Navajo Nation were experiencing challenges with access to technology and access to resources. I had a third student in a week contacted me about having lost members of their family to COVID, I just thought, 'I'm not gonna stand here and do nothing,'” Sullivan said.

She was not alone in wanting to help. With the help of volunteers, they were able to collect dozens of donations at a collection drive. 

Silver City, Bayfield and Durango Colorado, have all stepped up to help. The donation drive at San Juan College will be accepting household goods Wednesday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m, Friday 1p.m - 4p.m and Saturday 10a.m - 1p.m.  

The group plans on delivering the donations to the Navajo Nation on April 18th.

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