Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller and Jr. Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon select angels during the 2017 Angel Project kick-off event.
Published November 24, 2017
TAHLEQUAH – Nearly 2,000 angels are ready to be adopted as part of the 2017 Cherokee Nation Angel Project that kicked off Tuesday. The project will provide items like clothing, toys and other holiday needs for Cherokee children across the 14-counties.
Joined by the Cherokee National Youth Choir, Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller, Jr. Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon and the Little Cherokee Ambassadors, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden kicked off the annual program and thanked everyone for their generous participation in the Cherokee Nation Angel Project.
“Through the Cherokee Nation Angel Project, we are able to share in providing Christmas for Cherokee families in need, and there is no better feeling.” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The Cherokee Nation has so much to be thankful for and it is important that we remember our Cherokee families that could use a little extra help during the holidays.”
Each ornament on the tree represents a Cherokee child in the community. According to Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare Executive Director Nikki Baker-Limore, the Cherokee Nation Angel Project could mean the difference in Christmas for these children, ranging in age from infant to 16-years-old.
“These children are living with either a guardian or a family member that meets the federal income guidelines, which means many of these families don’t have extra funds for Christmas gifts,” said Baker-Limore. “It is so important and appreciated when people are able to contribute to these families during the holiday season.”
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Little Cherokee Ambassador Leah Gardner, Jr. Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon, Little Cherokee Ambassador Avery Raper, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Little Cherokee Ambassador Dante Anguiano, Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller and Little Cherokee Ambassador Preston Gourd.
In addition to Christmas toys, this project often provides families with items like bedding and winter clothing. Last year, the project sponsored more than 1,780 children.
You can request an angel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or select an angel in person at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. All donations are to be returned unwrapped to the Cherokee First area inside the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex by Dec. 8.
Tax-free monetary donations to help buy gifts for the Angel Project children can be made to the Cherokee Nation at www.cherokee.org. Look for the “Giving to the Cherokee Nation” box at the bottom of the home page.
For more information about the Cherokee Nation Angel Project, call 918-458-6900.