Tribe’s history of generosity apparent during holiday
From the desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton
The generosity of the Choctaw Nation is always most apparent during the holiday season – and this year it was especially evident. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, 5,956 food baskets were given out to help with families’ meals. In addition to the food baskets, Angel Tree gifts for 240 elders and 55 youth were delivered, and another 2,449 Christmas wish lists were filled for children whose families were in need of assistance. These vast numbers show the tremendous needs in our tribal boundaries.
The Tribal Council members each hold Santa parties with gifts and sacks filled with fruit and candy for Choctaw children in each district. They have all reported that each party was a huge success with happy children taking home toys and treats from all over the Choctaw Nation. It is a tremendous blessing to be able to bring joy into the lives of the families with these events.
Council members also sponsor holiday meals for the communities to come together and celebrate. I appreciate being included in these and seeing first-hand the Christian love that neighbors have for each other.
I want to say a special “thank you” to all those who participated in the coat drive this year to help supply a warm coat to the youth outreach program for the needy youth of Choctaw Nation. This is a great program and the staff worked very hard to make sure that the kids all received what they needed before the cold weather set in!
The Chief, Council and I are looking forward to 2011 and hope this is the best year ever for your family!