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Bozeman group collecting face masks to donate to Crow Tribe

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 20:36:53-04

This pandemic has brought out the best in communities all around the world, including communities in Gallatin County.

“It’s really, it can get emotional because it’s a really hard time right now and that hard time it makes it a lot easier to know that people are caring and wanting to help each other,” said Dani Morrison with Hopa Mountain.

Hopa Mountain partnered with the Pilgrim United Church of Christ inviting the community to donate masks, cleaning supplies, tents and other vital items for the Crow Tribe, which is suffering due to the coronavirus.

“We didn’t know what to expect, and we are overwhelmed by the support for the Crow community. We just want to say thank you,” expressed Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, the executive director of Hopa Mountain.

Beyond the physical need, organizers say it was about building and nurturing relationships.

“Just to feel like you’re not alone in this. Sometimes when we’re on the reservation, it’s like we’re in our own space and to know that it’s not like that everyone all over is caring and wanting to support them and to provide whatever they can,” Morrison said.

And to be a part of the efforts meant a lot to members of the community.

“It’s really amazing. It’s so hard to find a lot of good things happening in our world right now and if there’s any way we can right the wrongs that have happened with the Native Americans, this is something rather than nothing,” said Glenda Barnes, a Gallatin County resident.

If you missed today’s supply drive, you can still donate directly to Hopa Mountain.