Fund for storm victims in Navajo, Coconino, Apache Counties set up

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Phoenix-based Arizona Community Foundation has set up a charitable fund to provide relief services to residents of Navajo, Coconino and Apache counties to help in the aftermath of recent snowstorms that left many people cut off from vital services.

ACF will distribute the money through its northern regional office, as well as its affiliate, The Hopi Foundation on the Hopi Reservation.

President Obama declared a state of emergency in the three counties, and money collected by ACF will provide food, water, blankets and other supplies to the areas hit hardest by the storms.

"The Hopi Foundation has served the community for nearly 25 years...When in time of need we believe that our community will do its part to support their families and fellow community members," said Barbara Poley, foundation executive director. "The foundation's role in this effort is to provide a vehicle of support to address the basic shelter, food and health needs of those hit the hardest by the severe winter storms."

Donors may make a tax-deductible contribution to the Navajo-Hopi Storm Relief Fund online at www.azfoundation.org. Contributions also may be made by credit card by calling (602) 381-1400, and checks may be mailed to the Arizona Community Foundation, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 202, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (note "Navajo-Hopi Storm Relief Fund" on the check's memo line). ACF will provide receipts for tax purposes.

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