Blankets wanted for reservation

Feb 15 2011 - 5:01pm

OGDEN -- Top of Utah residents are asking for your blankets -- senior citizens on an Arizona reservation could use them.

A grassroots, community effort is under way to collect new and used warm blankets for a Navajo Indian Reservation in Tuba City, Ariz.

Most of the elders live in hogans that have no central heating except for a woodburning stove, said North Ogden resident Mary Ann Hardy, who started the collection after hearing about the senior citizens' plight from her brother. The stove can be inadequate heating during a particularly cold winter like this one, Hardy said.

She and others will be collecting blankets Tuesday, Feb. 15, from several drop-off points: Weber High School, Ben Lomond High School, Roy High School, Fremont and Snowcrest junior high schools during school hours, as well as Lee's Marketplace in North Ogden.

If anyone does not have blankets to give but would like to help financially, Hardy said, an account has been set up at America First Credit Union under the name "Blankets Navajo Seniors Charitable."

For more information, call Mary Ann Hardy, 801-644-7928.

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