Giveaway Offers Quilts for Elders on Navajo Reservation

Twin Lakes, N.M. community matriarchs Clara B. John, 95, left, and Marie D. Begay, who isn’t sure of her age, enjoy their gifts on Friday at the Twin Lakes Senior Center during their annual Christmas dinner in Twin Lakes, N.M. (Navajo Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

Twin Lakes, N.M. community matriarchs Clara B. John, 95, left, and Marie D. Begay, who isn’t sure of her age, enjoy their gifts on Friday at the Twin Lakes Senior Center during their annual Christmas dinner in Twin Lakes, N.M. (Navajo Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

TWIN LAKES, NEW MEXICO When Clara John, 95, unwrapped her gift, it was a hand-sewn quilt with textiles of orange butterflies.

“Yee! Da nizhoni yeh,” said John, who was surprised by her new blanket.

Next to her sat Hilda Bates, of Mexican Springs, New Mexic0, who also received a throw to keep her warm this winter.

Their gifts were designed by fellow seniors Nancy Benally, Sadie Benally, Orlinda Boyd, Laverne Chischilly, Lillie Hillman, Helena Long and Stella Shirley.

The women, who took about two days to make seven different quilts, also gifted grandpa John K. Yazzie with one of their trademark hand-sewen covers.

John K. Yazzie, 90, from Twin Lakes, N.M. gets some help from daughter Roberta Yazzie, right, with unwrapping his gift at the Twin Lakes Senior Center Christmas dinner in Twin Lakes, N.M. (Navajo Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

John K. Yazzie, 90, from Twin Lakes, N.M. gets some help from daughter Roberta Yazzie, right, with unwrapping his gift at the Twin Lakes Senior Center Christmas dinner in Twin Lakes, N.M. (Navajo Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

The giveaway was part of Twin Lakes Senior Center’s community Christmas dinner for the elderly, held last week on December 19. More than 150 community members celebrated with the grandmas and grandpas.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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