CNB helps create memorable Christmas with $20K donation
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Businesses and its employees are continuing an annual tradition of making Christmas dreams come true for thousands of children in northeast Oklahoma by supporting the Cherokee Nation Angel Project.
Along with a $20,000 contribution from CNB, employees from the tribe, its business arm and entertainment properties personally adopted more than 700 angels.
“This generous donation from CNB ensures hundreds of Cherokee children in-need will have a Christmas wish fulfilled this holiday season,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Across our 14 counties, we are able to show our love and dedication to our youngest citizens. That’s the Cherokee way, to give back to our communities and our families this time of year.”
This marks the 14th consecutive year CNB and its employees have participated in adopting angels for the annual program.
“As a company, we take great pride in giving back to the Cherokee people and in supporting our friends, neighbors and communities,” CNB CEO Chuck Garrett said. “Our employees are especially dedicated to supporting the Cherokee Nation Angel Project and its heartwarming mission to help families in need during the holidays.”
CNB’s contribution, including toy drives held at casinos, helps the tribe’s holiday effort by providing gifts for children who might otherwise go without.
“This year there are approximately 1,900 Angels signed up for the Angel Project,” Misty Blunt, Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare prevention manager, said. “Without this generous donation from Cherokee Nation Businesses the project would not be nearly as successful. We truly appreciate their help in making Christmas brighter for many Cherokee children and their families.”
Children whose parents or caregivers applied for participation in the program are represented anonymously as angel ornaments hanging on Christmas trees located in various CN and CNB facilities. The Angel Project has successfully helped children in need for more than a decade. It assists Cherokee children who fall under low-income guidelines and reside within the Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction.