Kahtoola, creator of award-winning MICROspikes® and NANOspikes® footwear traction, has made a three-month commitment to employ its creative, emotional, and financial resources by identifying and supporting key relief efforts directed at helping those most impacted by COVID-19. Locally, Kahtoola’s energy will focus on the Grand Canyon’s Havasupai Tribe and the Flagstaff Family Food Center.
Located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai Tribe is uniquely vulnerable during this time of Coronavirus. Currently, tourism (on which the tribe relies) and all non-essential travel in and out of the Canyon has been suspended. As a result, the acquisition of necessary food and supplies is difficult and there is also the uncertainty of when, or if, government funding will arrive. In addition to allocating funds to support the Havasupai Tribe, Kahtoola is continuing its active role in opposing uranium mining in the Grand Canyon region. You can help the Havasupai Tribe directly through their GoFundMe page.
Kahtoola is also donating funds to the Flagstaff Family Food Center during the pandemic. With the indefinite closure of local schools and business, the demand on local food banks to feed those most in need has been heightened. Flagstaff Family Food Center’s need for financial and food donations, as well as healthy volunteers to help prepare and deliver food, is dire and continues daily. To donate directly, please visit the Flagstaff Family Food Center at www.hotfood.org.
“Kahtoola’s long-standing belief in the positive characteristics of people is what drives our business and we strongly believe that when our basic needs are met, we have a responsibility to add to the collective needs of others in whatever ways we can,” said Danny Giovale, Founder and Owner at Kahtoola. “Wherever you are, we encourage you to band together with us and support your local community.”
Since 1999, Kahtoola has been creating reliable gear that makes the outdoors more accessible and rewarding. Kahtoola’s flexible footwear traction systems, including MICROspikes® and NANOspikes®, are built to improve safety and performance in wintry locales around the globe. Every product from hiking crampons to running gaiters are thoughtfully designed and vigorously tested at the brand’s Flagstaff, AZ headquarters high on the Colorado Plateau. Owned and operated by founder Danny Giovale, Kahtoola proudly grants 1% of annual sales to fund projects that support indigenous cultures and improve communities, healthcare, education, resources and the environment. For more information, please visit Kahtoola.com.