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CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO Navajo Technical University is currently seeking donations of new furniture, appliances, and other household items that could be used to furnish the university’s eighteen student family housing units that were flooded during last month’s excess rains.
Student Eric Begody of Tuba City, Arizona places sandbags along NavajoTech’s family housing units to divert floodwater. All of NavajoTech’s eighteen student family housing units were damaged from flash flooding.
Flash floods hit NavajoTech on September 13 and immediately washed out the student family housing units located on the south end of campus. The damage was extended to NavajoTech’s nursing department, admissions office, cafeteria, and warehouse, causing each facility to be shut down by Navajo Nation Risk Management services while they conducted precautionary measure assessment, clean up and reconstruction.
“The student families are at the greatest disadvantage when they are displaced from their homes,”
said NavajoTech provost, Tina Deschenie.
“At least one family stayed in a temporary Red Cross shelter but the family has since moved into a dormitory room. Still others have sought refuge with family and friends.”
Nearly one month after the flood, there are still over half of the family units that need to be restored. NavajoTech administrators have made the repair of the family housing units a high priority, and Risk Management currently has a construction crew working on four family units at a time.
NavajoTech is also accepting monetary donations through its website that can be contributed towards specific items. A donation of $500 could purchase a bed with a frame; a $400 donation could purchase a refrigerator; an $800 donation could purchase a washer and dryer; a $300 donation could purchase bed, bath, and kitchen essentials; and a $25 donation could purchase a first aid kit. Donors also have the option of furnishing a whole household by making a $3,000 contribution.
All donations are tax deductible as NavajoTech is a 501.C.3 organization. For more information on how you can donate, visit us at www.navajotech.edu or contact Tina Deschenie, Provost, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.786.4102, or Tony Major, CFO, at email@example.com, or at 505.786.4327.
posted October 3, 2013 7:50 am edt