Navajo Child Drive Appeal 2017
Our 25th Year
Why you should give . . .
… a 7 year-old child told one staff member that all she wants is a mother….
A Message from Kathy Spitz
This is the 25th season of our Navajo Child Drive which began as a small project with our team of special needs specialists, addressing the absence of Santa from the poorest of our poor families who had at least one special needs child receiving services from us.
New Mexico continues to rank # 1 for Childhood Poverty & Hunger in the USA. Estimates for hungry children living in NM is 1:3.
This Year’s Drive:
Santa’s helpers are “gettin’ busy” in Eastern Navajo Area. Our 2017 Goal is to reach 200 families – that’s 700 children.
We work with knowledgeable staff to identify 10-25 families at each of our 14 schools that cover 10,000 square miles. We focus on children with special needs and their families.
“Wish Lists” from our children have included: dolls & accessories, games, toys, art & school supplies, backpacks, and sports balls.
- We reached 216 families, 682 children and 75 grandparents.
- You provided $15,000 in monetary donations, as well as
- hand-made quilts
- stuffed animals
- toys, and
- personal care items
Our Christmas Food Basket contains a fresh ham roast, canned vegetables, onions, potatoes, cookies, apples and oranges, coffee, tea and a supply of staples, which is locally known as the “Sheepherder’s Special.” We find room for a tablecloth & one fleece blanket to sit on top of each basket.
We are proud of our partnership with Family2Family, a national food program based in NY which focuses on developing relationships between families with more, to families with significantly less. And we appreciate the great support from our Sponsors – businesses and organizations that donate services and monetary support. But we desperately need additional “Elves” whether they are individuals, organizations, or businesses. We look to develop year round support for some of our most destitute families.
We are all volunteers, therefore all funds raised and items received go directly to our families. Our only overhead is postage, paper, and ink as well as wrapping supplies and fuel costs.
Our target Special Needs age population is birth through 18 (all children and teens, 8-15, must be in school).
Our 2017 Goal is to reach 200 families & 700 children.
Try and recruit one more sponsor for our families. If you want copies of our information DVD to help, we have them ready to ship. We have had Classrooms, Church Groups, Work Groups, Hospital Staff, a couple of Corporations, as well as other very diverse folks join us over the years. Don’t be left out; support the Children & Families of the Navajo Child Drive.
We cannot do it without you.
Most of our sponsors would rather we do the shopping, (which saves on shipping costs & taxes for you) but we are also supportive of those individuals who want to shop themselves. We can also help if you are interested in becoming ”Santa” for particular families. Just let us know. We put wrapped and tagged “Santa” boxes together for children, birth through 18, for under $20.
Your gift of $160 sponsors a family with 4 children (includes our Holiday Basket.)
You may donate now with your credit card on PayPal by using the button below or use the convenient gift form (PDF) and mail your donation.
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Target Dates 2017
11/15 – 12/05 RECEIVE SPONSOR PLEDGES / GIFTS
11/25 – 12/12 SHOPPING DAYS and WRAPPING DAYS
12/12 – 12/16 GIFT & FOOD BASKET DELIVERY AREA WIDE
We will gladly accept any donations after these dates for 2017 delivery or to store safely for future use.