Rug designed for Adopt-A-Native Elder volunteers
November 12, 2010
Doug and Margie Hollinger have been involved with the Adopt-A-Native Elder’s annual Navajo Rug Show for 12 years.
The first year, the owners of the Park City Clothing Company donated a small blanket to the cause. This year they are also donating another blanket. But this one, woven by Pendleton Woolen Mills, was designed and commissioned by the Hollingers especially for the Adopt-A-Native Elder program, which is taking place this weekend in Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge.
"We started the project five months ago," Doug Hollinger said during an interview with The Park Record. "My wife Margie and I thought it would be great as our donation this year. All the proceeds of these blankets will go directly to Adopt-A-Native Elder."
The blanket, which measures 64 inches by 80 inches, features the Adopt-A-Native Elder’s rainbow and hand logo, but it also included the names of the program’s delivery runs that provide supplies to the remote areas of the Navajo Nation, Hollinger said.
"There are 11 different food runs that Adopt-A-Native Elder volunteers are involved in," he said. "During the year, the volunteers delver food and firewood to the Navajo nation. This is a big help to the Navajo elders."
Hollinger, who commissioned 300 blankets for the cause, said the program’s volunteers inspired him to spearhead the blanket project.
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"When we first attended a rug show, we were amazed at the volunteers," he said. "They work almost a full-time job with a smile on their face, expecting nothing in return. It’s a worthwhile cause and it does a lot of good work for a lot of people.
"That’s why we wanted to do something special this year."
Hollinger tapped into his connection with the Pendleton Woolen Mills to get the blankets made.
"Our store has been a Pendleton outlet since we started more than 16 years ago," Hollinger said. "We thought, ‘Why don’t we have Pendleton make this blanket if we come up with a design?’
So we sketched out the design and everyone seemed to like it. Once we got the stamp of approval, we sent it off to the mills."
The blankets sell for $245 each, with all the proceeds returning to Adopt-A-Native Elder.
"This program has changed our lives," Hollinger said. "So we thought if we could do it, we should do it."
Linda Myers, executive director and co-founder of Adopt-A-Native Elder Program, said the blanket represents more than just the food runs and the volunteers.
"It honors the elders and their way of life," she said. "It represents the unity and healing between our cultures."
The Adopt-A-Native Elder’s annual Navajo Rug show, now in its 21st year, continues at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13and 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 or a canned-food donation at the door.