CN distributes more than 5K winter gift cards

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
01/25/2018 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s Human Services Clothing Assistance Program helped 5,094 Cherokee children buy winter coats in 2017.

Human Services offered the assistance in 2006 as a pilot program, helping Cherokee children buy school outfits. In 2011, it was expanded to help buy winter coats.

“The goal of the program when it first began was for children to have at least one new outfit to start their school year with. It wasn’t until several years later when this program was in implementation then they decided to do the coats. It was a (Tribal) Council initiative to begin with,” Family Assistance Manager Angela King said.

The program ensures children are able to buy coats using $50 gift cards at Stage department stores. A 40 percent off coupon is also provided by the store to use with the gift card.

“We want them to buy a coat, but if they’re unable to buy a coat or it can’t fit them or whatever, then they can get a hoodie or sweater or jacket rather than a coat. If they have any money left over they can get mittens or gloves, winter-related items,” King said.

Eligible students who receive gift cards must be Cherokee Nation citizens, live within the CN jurisdictional area, be enrolled students in grades kindergarten through 12th, and parents or guardians must provide utility bills as proof of residence and verifications of income.

Students who received $100 summer gift cards are automatically eligible for winter gift cards. In 2016, 6,486 children received $100 gift cards for Stage stores to help buy school outfits.

Clothing Assistance Program officials set up at 11 sites in the tribe’s jurisdiction when the application process begins.

King said she encourages parents to visit the www.cherokee.org in the spring for updated information on when to apply, locations and deadlines.

For more information, call 918-453-5000.
About the Author
lindsey-bark@cherokee.org • 918-772-4223
Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing in journalism. She started working for the Cherokee Phoenix in 2016. Working for the Cherokee Phoenix, Lindsey hopes to ...

Services

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/28/2018 08:00 AM
Using the Cherokee Phoenix Elder/Veteran Fund, elder...

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/21/2018 08:15 AM
Cherokee Nation citizens who are at least 18 yea...

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
07/27/2018 08:30 AM
Native American Benefits specializes in inform...

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/26/2018 12:00 PM
The intersection project is to p...

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/16/2018 04:00 PM
The CHAP will provide up to ...

BY LANI HANSEN
Intern
07/16/2018 08:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen applicants need to complete ...