Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cherokee Nation Donates $75,000 to Backpack Programs

The Cherokee Nation recently donated $75,000 to several organizations that ensure school children get snacks and school supplies when they return to school this fall.

In northeastern Oklahoma at least 20 organizations participate in backpack programs that send backpacks home with students who are in need of everything from school supplies to nutritious weekend snacks.

Sequoyah County churches receiving funding for their programs are Hillside Pentecostal Church, $1,388.64, Lee’s Chapel Assembly of God, $2,307.27, and The BOD Church, $1,132.27.

The tribe donated the funds from the Cherokee Nation’s donations and charitable contributions budget. Cherokee Nation Tribal Council members individually delivered the checks totaling $75,200 to the churches, schools and organizations in their areas.

“We have a responsibility to our children, especially those in need, to ensure they have access to basic and essential items when they are away from structured activities like school and church,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Networking with these partners, organizations that have similar values and a mission to help kids, enables us all to do more, and that is critical if we hope to raise healthy and happy children in northeast Oklahoma. If we can address any insecurity a child has at home, whether it’s food or clothing or supplies, then we are helping build a better tomorrow.”

Currently, the 20 programs serve 3,643 students, with half of those students being Cherokee Nation citizens.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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