CN coat vouchers available until Nov. 8
11/1/2013 11:29:58 AM
BY JAMI CUSTER
Reporter

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – For the second year, Cherokee Nation officials are giving out $50 Stage gift cards to Cherokee children for warmer clothing this winter. 

More than 6,700 children received clothing vouchers during the summer for back-to-school clothing, and those same children qualify for the winter clothing/coat vouchers. 

The application for the winter program is based off the school clothing voucher program. If a child received a summer voucher, then he or she is eligible to receive the winter voucher. 

“It’s an extension of the clothing program that they take applications for in the summer,” Angela King, CN Family Services assistant manager, said. “And it’s only those that applied during the summer and got approved for clothing assistance that will receive a coat.”

This program she said is designed to keep kids warm in the winter. 

“That’s the whole goal of the coat program,” King said. 

Families who receive the gift card can use it for any winter clothing item such as coats, gloves and jackets.

“Yeah, if there is not a coat there (in their size or that they like) then they can get like maybe a hoodie or a small jacket rather than a coat – gloves or mittens,” she said. 

King added that 6,762 gift cards were to be distributed to children within the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction starting Nov. 1. 

Principal Chief Bill John Baker said the winter vouchers could help ease the burden of spending for some Cherokee families this winter. 

“And make sure our youngest citizens stay warm as we move into the coldest part of the season,” he said. 

Those who received the $100 school clothing voucher should have been notified by mail of the $50 gift card. If a Cherokee family was not made aware of the coat voucher, call King at 918-453-5000, ext. 5266 or Lee Robins at 918-453-5000, ext. 5231 for more information. 

jami-custer@cherokee.org

918-453-5560

Voucher Distribution sites: Nov. 1 – Will Rogers Health Center, 1020 Lenape Dr., in Nowata Nov. 4 – Catoosa Indian Child Welfare Office, 750 S. Cherokee Suite H Nov. 5 – Jay Community Center, 429 S. 9th St. Nov. 6 – Sallisaw Indian Child Welfare Office, 1450 Carson Road Nov. 7 – Stilwell Human Services Office, Third & Oak St. Nov. 8 – W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee, Tahlequah
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