MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 17, 2012

Tribe’s coat program benefits 7,000 kids


— This winter 7,000 Cherokee students will stay warm, snuggled under new coats purchased with the Cherokee Nation’s Clothing for Kids vouchers.

The Tribal Council added $300,000 to the coat voucher program last December, bringing the total budget to $900,000. In addition to helping parents of qualified Cherokee children buy new school clothes, the increase was to also help them buy winter coats. On Nov. 10 and 22, about 4,500 coat vouchers were distributed in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. The vouchers were for $45 per child. Students eligible for 2012 fall clothing vouchers who have yet to pick up coat vouchers can still do so before Dec. 28.

To qualify, children must be Cherokee citizens, attend grades K-12, meet income guidelines and live within the 14-county tribal jurisdiction.

Parents who received 2012 fall school vouchers are also eligible for 2012 coat vouchers. Those who have yet to pick up coat vouchers can call (918) 453-5444.