About the Drive

Christmas 2017 marks the 25th year of the Navajo Child Drive.


Navajo family at Christmas

The purpose of this project is 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.

Our 2017 Goal is Reach 200 Families & 700 Children.


2016 NCD FamilyIn 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.

Help Today

2016 NCD FamilyOur target Special Needs age population is birth through 18 (5 – 18 year olds must be in school). We are not shy about asking sponsors to also send gently used blankets, stuffed animals, toys, books, shoes & other clothing items (adult sizes too) now or at any time during the year.

Our 2017 Goal is Reach 200 Families & 700 Children.

Read more about how you can help today… or simply hit the Donate button below!