WHITERIVER – With many persons in other areas of the state wishing to make contributions to the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) Emergency Operations Center (EOC), May 2 was the date arranged for donations at the Bashas’ Superstition Mountain Drive location in Gold Canyon.

A 10 foot x 10 foot canopy was set up from 9 a.m. to noon to accept items such as bleach, cleaning supplies and sprays, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, gloves, masks and homemade cloth masks, hand soap and liquid soap, laundry soap, paper products, baby diapers, brooms and dustpans, trash bags, mops, rags, bottled water, Gatorade, and food boxes for quarantined families.

Members of the EOC Incident Command Team were on hand to accept the donations which were taken back to the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation to be distributed among those affected by COVID-19 in the community. And, they did not leave empty-handed.

With other areas in the state also wishing to contribute to the fund, Bashas’ on Oracle Road in Tucson will repeat the donation event on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Reach the reporter at bbruce@wmicentral.com

Barbara Bruce is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering arts and entertainment on the Mountain and the Pinetop-Lakeside town government.

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