CN Angel Project provides Xmas gifts for children
People surround the Cherokee Nation Angel Project Tree on Nov. 24 at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. There are nearly 2,000 Cherokee children in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction who are apart of the project this year. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On Nov. 24, the Cherokee Nation kicked off the season of giving with its 2015 Angel Project event to help provide Christmas gifts to Cherokee children in need.
To begin the giving, CPR, a Tribal Employment Rights Office-certified and Cherokee-owned roofing business, donated 250 bicycles to the help fill the wants of children who were a part of the Angel Project.
“Giving back is something my mother raised me to do and my employees love helping give back also,” CPR President Robert Brown said. “I remember one year when my mother was unable to buy me a Christmas gift and she received help from a local store owner, who helped her in providing me that one toy under the Christmas tree.”
Rachel Fore, CN Indian Child Welfare administrative operations manager, said the donation of bikes would cover a “large amount” of what children are requesting for their respective Christmas gifts.
“That’s a fabulous donation that we haven’t ever had before, so it kind of changed the way we had to do things on the application side,” she said. “We pretty swiftly decided that we would just pull all the angels that have requested bikes and then we would utilize the funds that we receive to fill in the needs for those children.”
Fore said she became emotional when she saw all 250 bike on various trailers parked outside the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
“I teared up because as you take application after application there are so many needs out there and very little wants really from our Cherokee children that are on the Angel Project, and so to see that someone would identify a very, very big want that a lot of kids wouldn’t even dream to ask for, that’s really impactful, and it’s a great way that Cherokees are helping Cherokees,” she said.
Fore said there were nearly 2,000 children who are a part of the project. She added that she expects to see around 100 emergency applicants in the coming weeks.
“As we get closer people will say, ‘I didn’t know that I was going to have this expense’ or ‘my husband lost his job last week.’ So we will take in those children and provide for them as well,” she said. “Last year, we provided for 2,016 children so we are going to maintain open and available to operate up to that this year.”
Fore said in some cases not all children on the tree are picked, but she said with the help of donated funds they will not go without.
“Typically, it is the case that we have to shop for anywhere from 200 to 400 that aren’t selected off of a tree,” she said. “We utilize our donated funds to do that. We focus on their needs first then at least get them one want for the year.”
Fore said this is her first year to fully be immersed in the CN Angel Project, and that is has been a “humbling” experience.
“You think, ‘what is it going to be like to take these applications?’ and then you look into the eyes of these mothers and fathers that just want to be able to provide for their kids at Christmas,” she said. “I didn’t probably realize that it would impact me so much.”
She said is also impacts her family and how they partake in Christmas.
“It also impacts me in my own personal life because I look at my kids and think I probably over buy for Christmas most years for my own children,” she said. “So, given a little perspective through the Angel Project we’re looking at that differently in our own family this year. What we can maybe pare back on and provide to those that wouldn’t receive half of what I might buy for my own kids.”
The Angel Project is available to CN citizens living within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction, meet income guidelines and have children who are between 0 to 16 years old.
Fore said all donations need to be returned unwrapped to Cherokee First inside the Tribal Complex by Dec. 9. “You can come adopt an angel right up until then,” she said.
According to a CN press release, tax-free monetary donations to help buy gifts can be made to the CN at http://bit.ly/1OxObLR
. For more information, call Fore at 918-458-6919.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ. 24, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏓᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬᎢ 2015 ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ ᏗᏓᏁᏗ ᏧᏂᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏁᏗᎢ, CPR, ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏧᏂᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ – ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ-ᎤᏅᏏ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎢ ᏗᏂᎵᏦᏛᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᏚᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ 250 ᏱᎦᎢ ᎳᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏗᎩᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗᎢ.
“ ᎪᎱᏍᏗᏃ ᎠᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎩᏥᏃ ᎠᏇᏲᏅᎢ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᏥᎾᏝᎢ ᎠᏂᏉᏗᎭ,” CPR ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ
Robert Brown ᎢᏳᏪᏓ. “ᎡᏘᏴᏃ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏫᎦᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᎠᎩᏥ ᎤᏄᎸᏅᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎩᏁᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᎾᏅᎢ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏆᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ ᏌᏊ ᏗᏁᏟᏙᏗ ᎠᎩᏁᎸᎢ. ᎯᎠᏃ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᎬᏴᎵᎨᎢ ᏛᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ.”
Rachel Force, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᏂᏚᏍᏗᏗᏒᎢ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏌᏕᎩ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏗᎩᎸᏙᏗ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ “ ᎤᏓᏍᏈᏍᏙᏒᎢ” ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏂᏔᏲᎯᎲᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎸᏈᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎥᏝ ᎢᎸᎯᏳ ᎥᏍᎩᏳᎵᏍᏓᏂᏙᎸᎢ ᏱᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃᏅ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏒᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎩᎳᏫᏴᎢ ᏙᎫᎪᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏔᏲᏢᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏗᎩᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏥᎩ ᏱᏓᏅᏗ ᎥᏍᎩᎾᏅ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏂᏔᏲᏢᎢ ᏱᏓᏂᎲᏏ.”
Fore Z ᎢᏳᏪᏓ ᏂᎦᏛᏃ 250 ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏗ ᏗᎩᎸᏙᏗ ᏚᎪᎭ ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏨᎢ ᏚᏂᏠᏛᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏙᏱᏗᏢᎢ W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
“ᏓᏆᏠᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᏗᏣᏁᏏ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏈᏍᏙᏒᎢ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎦᏲᏝ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᏗᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎬᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᎶ ᎬᏬᏟᏍᏗ ᏙᎯᏳᎯᏯ ᎤᏚᏟᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏘᏲᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᏳᎢ ᏗᎦᏙᎵᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᎨᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏓᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Fore Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ 2,000 ᎾᎥᎢ ᏄᏂᏨᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᏂ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎠᏁᎳ. ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢᏃ ᏓᎬᏖᏃᎲᎢ ᏧᎪᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏢᏃ 100 ᎢᏳᏂᏨᎢ ᎤᎾᏚᏟᏗ ᏳᎾᏛᏂ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏌᏅᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏛᏟᏱᎳ.
“ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏍᏗᏃ ᎠᏟᎠᎵᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫ ᏂᏛᏂᏪᏏ, ᎥᏝ ᏱᏥᎦᏔᎮᎢ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏧᎵᎬᏩᎶᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎣᏍᏗᏁᎳ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏲᎱᏎᎸᎢ ᏥᏛᏟᎠᎵᏒᎢ. ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎥᏍᎩᎾᎾ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏱᏙᏥᏯᎾ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏙᏥᏍᏕᎳ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎡᏘᏴᏃ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ, 2,016 ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᎬᏩᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏦᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏘ.”
Fore Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏳᏓᎵᎭᎢ ᎥᏝ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎢᏡᎬᎢ ᏱᎨᎦᏑᏰᏐᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏓ ᎥᏝᏃ ᏳᏂᏂᎬᎨᏍᏗ.
“ᏳᏓᎵᎭᏃ, ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎣᏣᏓᎾᎾᏁᏍᎪᎢ 200 ᎠᎴ 400 ᏦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎢᏡᎬᎢ ᎨᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎨᎦᏑᏰᏓ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏱᎩ, “ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᏃ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏨᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏣᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᏱᎢ ᎡᎵᏊᏃ ᏌᏊᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏔᏲᏢᎢ ᎠᏂᎩᎰᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ.”
Fore Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎯᎠᏃ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏃᏱᏱᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎸᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ “ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏅᎢ” ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᎰᏒᏅᎢ.
“ᏁᎵᏍᎬᏃ, ᎦᏙᏍᎩᏂ ᏄᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᏁᏍᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ?’ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏙᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏚᎵᎠ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏁᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏚᏂᎧᎲᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᏴᏃ ᎥᏝ ᏱᎨᎵᏍᎨᎢ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦ ᏂᏓᏥᏰᎸᏂᏒᎢ.”
ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎤᏠᏱ ᏄᏁᎵᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎾᏅᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏂᏃᏅ ᎤᏠᏱ ᎾᏊᎵᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᏋᏌ ᎨᎥᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎢᎦᏥᎦᏙᏍᏗᎰᎢ ᎠᏆᏌ ᏓᏆᏓᏘᎿᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏱᎾᏇᎵᏏ ᏍᏈᏯ ᎢᎦᏥᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᏋᏌ ᏓᏆᏓᏘᎿᎥᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏍᏗᏃ ᎬᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏛᎧᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎠᏯᏃ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᎣᏥᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎣᏥᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏃᎦᏛᏅ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ. ᎡᎵᏊᏃ ᎾᏊ ᎥᏝ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦ ᏱᏂᎦᎬᏛᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏂᎦᏥᏛᏂᏏ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᏰᏟᏴ ᎠᏋᏏ ᏓᏆᏓᏘᎿᎥᎢ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏱᎦᏥᎥᏏ.”
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ ᎦᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ 14-ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ, ᏱᎦᏃ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎢᏳᏅᏁᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ 0 ᎠᎴᏱᎩ 16 ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏱᏚᏂᎧᎭ.
Fore Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏗᎦᏇᏅᏓ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏧᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎢᎬᏱᏱᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Tribal Complex ᎤᏓᎷᎸᏊ ᎥᏍᎩᏱ. 9. “ᎤᏓᎷᎸᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏴᎯᏁᎦ ᎠᏏᏴᏫ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ,’ ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
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