by John Aldrich
We gathered in Winslow today for the start of the second set of food runs of the spring season. A wonderful group of 24 volunteers has assembled from across the country and even Europe. Each food run begins with a ceremony, and over the last several years, Linda has been honoring special volunteers on these occasions with one of the limited edition ANE Pendleton blankets. The honoree this evening was Boyd Mitchell.
Boyd is a Navajo who let the connection with his culture slip away from him. Involvement with the Program has brought him back in touch with his heritage, and in turn this has provided inspiration for the rest of us to stay more closely in tune with who we really are.
Boyd has been a perfect example of the selfless volunteer. Always cheerful and ready to help at whatever task might be at hand. From rug show to food runs, he steps up to help in whatever way is needed.
No one could be more deserving of this honor.