The Choctaw Nation Makes Holiday Donations
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Judy Allen, Executive Director of Public Relations
580-924-8280 ext. 2249
529 N. 16th
Durant, OK 74733
DURANT, Okla. (December 28, 2009) – The Choctaw Nation recently held food and coat drives among its employees to benefit families in need this season.
The food drive began this year at the annual Labor Day festivities and continued through Halloween parties, culminating at the annual Choctaw Nation employee awards banquet.
On behalf of the Choctaw Nation, Chief Gregory E. Pyle donated approximately 4,000 pounds of the non-perishable food items to the Bryan County chapter of Families Feeding Families during a fundraiser for the organization held on Dec. 21 at the Choctaw Event Center.
Also donated to Families Feeding Families by the Choctaw Nation were two sets of Lynyrd Skynyrd concert tickets, which were auctioned off, fetching $705 for the organization.
Additionally, one pallet of food items from the employee food drive has been designated for donation to the Salvation Army.
Of the 300 coats collected during the coat drive, 200 were donated to Choctaw youth through the Choctaw Outreach Services and the remaining coats are being distributed on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to the food and coat drives, the Choctaw Nation purchased, wrapped and donated Christmas toys and presents for over 3,100 low-income Choctaw children throughout the 10-and-a-half counties in the Choctaw Nation.
“The employees of the Choctaw Nation are a special group of people, “ said Chief Pyle. “Not only did they donate food and coats for families in southeastern Oklahoma, they gave many, many hours of their time this holiday season to ensure others would also have a good Christmas.”