AHH transports supplies to Navajo Nation foster care children in Tuba City

The Arizona Helping Hand truck left the Scottsdale warehouse with donations for foster care children in Tuba City. (Submitted photo)

The Arizona Helping Hands truck transported beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, back-to-school supplies and more to Navajo Nation foster care children in Tuba City on Sept. 9.

According to a press release, the truck left the AHH Scottsdale warehouse at 5 a.m., heading four hours north to assist the 500 children in foster care throughout the reservations’ 27,000 square miles.

Partnering with a non-profit, “Giving Chances Foundation,” designed to help less fortunate kids, the release said the founder, a Phoenix Children’s Hospital patient, Chance Peterson, 12, and his parents left their Northwest Valley home to take clothing collected from his school’s lost-and-found, bottled water and other donated items from friends and family.

Dan Shufelt, AHH president said in a prepared statement, “we were so happy to partner with this enterprising young man. He’s taken it on himself at a young age to help his less fortunate peers. We love being able to make his dream a reality and to lend our support to children on the reservation.”

Elsie Elthie, a social worker whose case load typically includes 65 children throughout 5,549-square-miles, called Chance and AHH a blessing for her families. “I want to keep the children of our community here on the Navajo reservation. I want them to be with people that they know, people they are familiar with,” Ms. Elthie said in a prepared statement.

Despite arriving in Tuba City in the rain, that day, the vehicles were greeted by families, children, volunteers and community members who helped unload and organize the many items, the release said, adding that beds were transferred to foster families’ pickup trucks and many families received supplies for clothing and bags of bundled care packages.

For AHH, this is an extension of its ongoing support for children in foster care as one of the largest provider of basic needs for the 17,000 foster children statewide, providing 3,000 beds and cribs, 1,500 birthday packages and more in assistance, detailed the release.

AHH representatives pose with Chance Petersen, founder of the Giving Chances Foundation, for donation drop-off. (Submitted photo)


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