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Volunteers deliver firewood for elders of Navajo and Hopi nations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of volunteers near Gallup has been delivering firewood for high-risk elders and the Navajo and Hopi nations for a decade. Loren Anthony founded the group called CFC, which stands for Chizh For Cheii. Anthony said it started small with just 30 loads but it has continued to grow.

“It’s really nice to see our elders and people in need get that warmth and comfort and love,” he said.

KOAT-TV will spotlight the group as part of its “The Good News Files” feature.

During the pandemic alone, the Gallup volunteers delivered 1,700 loads of firewood. They also delivered food, drinking water and masks. Anthony is hoping their efforts inspire others to engage in community service work.

“Get out there, get active and do something really proactive for yourself, beyond yourself,” he said. “Do service work and really put in the effort to change the world around you.”

KOAT will air the piece Friday during its news programs and you can find it on its website.

“The Good News Files” is a collaboration among KOAT-TV, News Radio KKOB and the Journal, with each entity taking turns featuring stories that make you smile.