(L to R) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Joe Byrd and Dick Lay, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Madison Shoemaker, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Angel Project Coordinator Brandy Lemley, Treasurer Lacey Horn and Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick.
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — When Muskogee High School junior Madison Shoemaker asked her English teacher if her class could collect gifts for the Cherokee Nation Angel Project, she had no idea they’d donate more than 100 gifts.
This week Shoemaker, the Miss Native American Student Association for MPS, delivered the donations to the Cherokee Nation.
“Everyone worked so hard to make this donation possible. I’m just so honored that I get to be the spokesperson for everyone involved in making this a reality,” said Shoemaker, who also sings in the Cherokee National Youth Choir. “The Cherokee Nation has done so much for me, and I’m happy to be able to give to a program that directly gives back to the Cherokee people.”
In addition to the class donations, Shoemaker presented the Angel Project a $500 check from Quality Liquid Feeds in Muskogee, where her father works.
This is Shoemaker’s second year making a donation to the program. Last year, she donated $1,500 from Quality Liquid Feeds.
“What she’s done is a great example of how the Cherokee people take care of each other,” said Brandy Lemley, Angel Project coordinator. “You have this young girl with a heart for this project, and the toys that she and her classmates have donated are going to be able to help make Christmas better for a lot of families.”
The Cherokee Nation Angel Project helped more than 2,200 Cherokee children in need by providing toys, winter clothing, bedding and more for Christmas gifts.
For more information on the Cherokee Nation Angel Project, email email@example.com.