How the money will be used: The money will be used for Merle's school supplies, shoes and clothes and for basic building supplies for the family home.
Why this is important to me: I am one of Merle's teachers. He is a sweet, talented, special needs child. I have known the extended family since he was in preschool. His cousin Mary and I have worked together for 20 years. I taught his mother and his aunt in adult education. Things have always been difficult for him and his family but they have always tried to live a good traditional life. The home that burned was their grandparents home passed down to them so they have lost all of their tradional Navajo belongings including their ceremonial tipi which makes this even more tragic. Winter is coming and they will need to build some sort of shelter soon. As for Merle, every teenager wants to start school with at least some cool shoes.
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