Thank you, Albuquerque relatives!!!! Last night, CSVANW brought in $6,031.22 in cash donations for #AshlynneMike ‘s family. This does not include all of the sealed cards and envelops for the family, gift cards provided for the family, and sealed checks made directly to the family (as we are not opening those in respect to the family).
We want to collectively acknowledge our relatives — most who shared and did not have much to give — but provided what they could for the family. We received pottery from our local Pueblo relatives, jewelry, blankets, fabric and wool, bundles and ceremonial items, food and gifts. And from the art tables that we set up, hundreds of beautiful cards and inspirational messages were handmade by our little ones for Ashlynne’s brother, Ian.
We want to highlight one of our youngest donors, 8-year-old Olivia, who said said she was inspired. She wanted to help in any way she could and brought a zip lock bag of all of the money she had from her piggy bank to donate for #AshlynneMike’s family. This is #community. This is family. We are humbled to be able to deliver to the Mike family later on today. Thank you relatives for coming together for a powerful event last night!
Hundreds of people came to the gathering last night and we again thank each and every one of you for sharing in this sacred space. We thank our speakers, our youth and those who shared their prayers and their songs. We also thank everyone for their donations and donated goods.We showed the strength of our community as we honor our little one, #AshlynneMike.
More photos can be seen on our Facebook page.
Tomorrow we will run in honor of #AshlynneMike at the Shiprock Marathon. #iwillRUNforher was the hashtag we created to bring awareness to violence against Native women and children in our New Mexico tribal communities. Please join us this Saturday, and join the family of #AshlynneMike, as we honor her in this run.