Christmas 2017 marked the 25th and last year of the Navajo Child Drive.
The purpose of this project was to provide Christmas food baskets and a few simple gifts for the neediest children and their families. The families and children that Santa would not otherwise be able to visit.
Our catchment area is the eastern portion of the Navajo Nation, an area of New Mexico that lies in the “four corners” region; New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado.
The Eastern Navajo Child Drive is administered by the Board of Directors.
In 1992 Kathy Spitz, then Director of Special Education, and Louise Thompson, Care Coordinator, Eastern Navajo Agency, Crownpoint, New Mexico, and the Special Education Team, determined to make the Christmas holidays a little brighter for a few families with whom they worked.
Our first criteria was that each family would include a child with special needs that we provided services for within Eastern Navajo Agency.
Since that first Christmas, when 25 special needs children were visited by Santa’s elves, the Navajo Child Drive has experienced tremendous growth.
Over the of years we evolved into less families receiving a visit, but all siblings (0 -16 years old) receiving gifts. Outreaching to our own extended families and friends, we grew, until we had reached into many generous homes & businesses across the US. In 2001 we realized we still could enhance our Santa visits by including for each family a plastic laundry basket of “holiday” food for 1 meal, with a fleece blanket and plastic tablecloth. Let me clearly state, that it is NEVER enough. We may deliver to one or two households of that “camp” but the others go without. “Camps” is our word for each family enclave where several generations live sharing food, housing, finances, as well as child rearing responsibilities. It is a sad feeling for all of us.
In 2018, we had to say “Good Bye”
It is with heavy hearts and much regret that we must inform you of the decision to suspend operation of The Navajo Child Drive (NCD). We are deeply saddened but feel the time has come. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the generosity you have shown to the children and families of our communities over the past 25 years. Your donations and financial support have brought countless smiles and tears of joy to many of our poorest and most challenged families. Thank you for providing the opportunity to bless so many families over the years.
We can recommend these two organizations (non-profit) if you would like to continue to provide much needed support to our Navajo families. For those of you who have already sent in 2018 gifts we would ask you to consider letting us forward your donation to either of these organizations. If you prefer, arrangements can be made for funds to be returned. Please contact us with your decision.
DIG DEEP and The Navajo Water Project
The Navajo Water Project is serving seven Navajo communities in north-western New Mexico. Three of the communities, Baca, Smith Lake & Thoreau, have always been part of our NCD. DIG DEEP provides clean water and solar power to families who do not have running water or access to clean drinking water.
Donations may be sent to:
The Navajo Water Project
PO Box 26779
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Or use this link to visit the Navajo Water Project website
Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home
Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home has specialized in the care of Native American children, since 1959. They are committed to making a difference, one child at a time. Our NCD has partnered with them over the years.
Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home
PO Box 58
Gallup, NM 87305-0058
Or use this link to visit the Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home website
Kathy Spitz & our NCD Team
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances …”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18