Giving is a Choctaw tradition to be proud of

By Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr.
December 1, 2023

Some of the great events that the Chief and I get to attend each holiday season are the tribal member dinners, where we get to have fellowship with many tribal members and their families. It is the perfect start to the holiday season for me and it gives us a chance to see all your smiling faces and to reflect on the good work we have accomplished in 2023 at the Choctaw Nation.

The Nation hosted 22 Thanksgiving luncheons throughout the reservation from Nov. 1 to Nov. 16 and we welcomed tribal members and their families to enjoy a good, hot meal and exchange stories and fun. We could not do these dinners without the help of our associates who volunteer with meal preparation, waiting tables and taking hot meals to tribal members who could not make it to the centers where the meals are prepared.

Dinners are just one way that the Choctaw Nation gives back without expecting anything in return – the same way our ancestors lived. The Nation also collects donations, canned goods, and clothing for families needing a little help this holiday season. The Nation does this not only during the holidays but throughout the year to help.

This holiday season, I hope that you take the time to open your hearts and give to people in need. It is the most selfless action we can do; it takes very little effort or time and it means so much to the people who need it the most. Life can have unexpected twists and turns, you never know when you, a friend or family member might need assistance.

Giving doesn’t have to be a material item. It can be a gift of your time to help with a donation drive, handing out food or lending an ear to someone who is having a difficult time. Give of yourself this holiday season and you might just be surprised how a small amount of your time can pay dividends to your overall wellbeing.

My hope to everyone reading this is that you are happy, fulfilled, warm and counting the many blessings from the Lord. From my family to yours, have a safe and Merry Christmas and a prosperous and joyous New Year!

Yakoke and God Bless!