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Nonprofit groups hosting coat drives for members of Utah's Navajo population

Posted at 1:28 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 15:28:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Navajo groups "We Are Navajo," "Dine Bikeyah" and "Iina Bihoo’aah" are holding coat drives to support members of the Navajo Nation, many of whom do not have electricity.

"A lot of our residents here in this area of Utah Navajo actually don't have electricity and have to rely solely on wood-burning stoves, and it gets cold. It does get very cold around here," said Sahar Khadjenoury, a spokeswoman for the Iina Bihoo’aah Program. "Having a new coat, I think, is so precious and it's exciting to know that somebody was thinking about you."

Iina Bihoo'ah and Dine Bikeyah's coat drive is a youth-led initiative to gather warm clothing for the Montezuma Creek community's infants, children and teens. Donations can be made in person at Patagonia Outlets in Sugar House on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pinyon Cafe will sell coffee and pastries at Saturday's event, then donate the proceeds to Utah Diné Bikéyah Traditional Foods Program.

We Are Navajo established an Amazon wishlist and is also accepting donations by mail. Click here for further details on the coat drive.