Winter on the reservation is brutal with freezing temperatures and snowy, often impassable dirt roads. Navajos living in remote areas like Big Mountain, where few have running water or electricity and families rely on wood burning stoves to heat their homes. Operation Firewood provides help, heat and hope to elderly and disabled households.
Mildred: I just want to say Asquali. Thank you so much for the firewood. I really appreciate you for all what you are doing for me and my family and also for the people who need wood. Keep up the good work. I will be praying for you all. Keep up the good hard work you do for the Hopi people. Asquali again. I lost my husband Emory to Covid. I had Covid and am still suffering the effects. Knowing you are here for us makes me feel better. I hope the roads are safe. A lot of the elders here in Hotevilla do not have any firewood.
Ruth: I live with my 104 year-old mother in a traditional Hogan. We only had a few twigs left to burn when Marsha and Fabian brought me wood thanks to NAER! Otherwise, my mother and I would have been in Kayenta women's shelter home for safe. My mother is always cold and I need to take care of her. You came right before a big snow. Thank you for the wood, Thank you, Thank you, God Bless
Irene: My mother, grandma Ruth Benally is 98 years old and she got firewood to keep her warm. We need firewood to survive in the cold winter days. Fire is Sacred. It's our mother to keep us warm when it is cold. Ahe'hee. We appreciate what you do for us. You give your time to help us and you always remember us! Thank you for helping me keep Grandma warm.
Emily: You and NAER are amazing! You have done so much for me and my family! I am so thankful. I am in and out of the hospital and you helped me and my family survive. I do not have a truck and am a single mother. Thank you again!
Kristy: Thank you for the firewood! I do not have a truck and have no way to haul firewood. Firewood is my only source of heat and I am so grateful for your help!
Jerry: Thank you NAER! You helped me serve my community. The hard work is worth it to help my elderly and people in need. Darryl Jim, the President of Tonalea Chapter helped me identify elderly and single parents that needed wood and had no vehicle and the list of people needing help is endless. We are making a difference!
Alice: I want to say Thank you! Thank you! I lost both my sons and live alone. The firewood you are delivering me and members of my community survive!
Walt: Asquali for the firewood. You saved me again. I did not have any firewood and I have to keep warm. I am on dialysis and do not own a vehicle. Asquali again!
Howard: People sell wet wood out here. It makes it hard to light a fire. I never got firewood free until now. Thank you. The cost of wood is so high, I only buy a little and I am cold. It is just me and my wife at home and I am sick and cannot get my own wood.