Cherokee Nation Businesses and its employees are continuing an annual tradition of making Christmas dreams come true for thousands of Cherokee children by supporting the Cherokee Nation Angel Project.
Along with a $20,000 contribution from CNB, employees from the tribe, its business arm and entertainment properties personally adopted more than 650 angels.
“This effort is a true embodiment of the Cherokee spirit, and our mission to help others in need,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “As the holidays approach, it is important that we show our love and dedication to our youngest citizens by ensuring they have a memorable Christmas. Generous donations from CNB, employees and citizens continue to help create fond holiday memories for thousands of Cherokee children every year.”
This year marks the ninth consecutive year that CNB and its employees have participated in adopting angels for the annual program.
“This is an effort our company and our employees continually look forward to,” said Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “We take great pride in helping children and families in our communities, and it is especially uplifting to know we can help brighten the holiday season for so many.”
CNB’s contribution, including toy drives held at numerous casinos, helps the tribe’s holiday effort by providing gifts for children who might otherwise go without.
“Cherokee Nation entities and employees provide our largest donations,” said Brandy Lemley, coordinator for the Cherokee Nation Angel Project and Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare employee. “They ensure all of our angels receive gifts by collecting and donating essential items, such as clothing and winter apparel, in addition to toys.”
In 2013, more than 2,200 children received gifts through the tribe’s effort. Officials expect to exceed that number this year. The Cherokee Nation Angel Project has successfully helped children in need for more than a decade.
The Cherokee Nation Angel Project assists Cherokee children who fall under low-income guidelines and reside within the Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction.