Soda company honors man who has been delivering water to Navajo Nation | KOB 4

Soda company honors man who has been delivering water to Navajo Nation

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Updated: November 23, 2020 06:27 PM
Created: November 23, 2020 05:03 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Zoel Zohnnie has made it his mission to help the Navajo Nation after he was laid off at the beginning of the pandemic.

"I don’t know if I got restless or I just wanted to back out there and try to do something," he said.

Zohnnie started delivering water and water tanks to people on the Navajo Nation who didn’t have access to clean drinking water.

"Before you know it, requests were coming in online," he said.

The act of generosity has evolved into the Water Warriors Project. Volunteers have delivered more than 500 barrels, and almost 130,000 thousand gallons of water. 

Zohnnie’s work got the attention of the Jones Soda Company, and now the company is trying to help him out.

"Somebody from Collective Medicine submitted Water Warriors' story, and we absolutely fell in love with it," said Maisie Antoniello, vice president of market for Jones Soda Company. "We just thought it was such a cool story, and just such a great thing that this organization was doing."

In addition to donating money to the program, Zohnnie’s picture will be on 50,000 bottles of soda.

"I’m hoping that somebody might see that and at least make an effort to do something better for themselves or better for someone around them," Zohnnie said.

The bottles will be released in January.

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