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Food and supplies from the Bishops’ Central Storehouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been sent to remote areas of the Navajo Nation Reservation to assist the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Navajo Nation spans portions of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah in the Southwestern United States. 

“The majority of the homes in the United States without power and running water are on the Navajo Reservation,” said Elder Todd S. Larkin, Area Seventy, North America Southwest Area. “Limited internet service often makes them the last to be informed in a crisis.” 

Two Deseret Transportation trucks from Salt Lake City carrying canned goods, flour and pasta arrived at a Pentecostal church in Tohatchi, New Mexico, on Thursday morning, April 2, 2020, for distribution. Members of the Navajo Nation government, a local pastor and Church members worked to unload the products. 

“We appreciate the help and hope that we can reach as many people as possible who are in need,” said Shannon D. Pinto, a New Mexico state senator, who helped empty the trucks. “I also hope we can continue our relationship [with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] until this is all over. Blessed are those who help.”

“We’re just here to help with what’s going on in this epidemic, but to also uplift our community [and] protect our [tribal] elders,” said Pastor Martin Eastridge of the Tohatchi United Pentecostal Church on the Navajo Reservation in Tohatchi. 

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