Friday, May 30, 2008

Cherokee Nation again Helping Kids

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Cherokee Nation Contributes Funds for Car Seats

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith presents a check to Lynne McAllister of the Cherokee County Safe Kids organization. The group will use the funds from the tribe to purchase car seats for low income families.

TAHLEQUAH, OK — The Cherokee Nation recently contributed $5,000 to the Safe Kids Chapter of Cherokee County to purchase car seats for low income families.

“In the spirit of ga du gi, we want to work with other local organizations to ensure the safety of all children,” said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “This is a way we can work together to help community members in need.”

The local Safe Kids organization was originated in June of 2002 by community citizens with an interest in health safety, education and child advocacy. According to Safe Kids literature, each year more American children die from injuries than all childhood diseases combined. In Oklahoma, car accidents are the leading cause of death in children from birth to four years of age.

“We are dedicated to making all of Oklahoma a safer place for children,” said Lynne McAllister, Chapter Chairperson of Cherokee County Safe Kids. “Tragedy can strike in a matter of minutes, leaving a child seriously injured. Parents oftentimes don’t realize how critical it is to have their child properly secured in a child passenger seat. Thanks to the generous assistance from the Cherokee Nation, Safe Kids will be able to have car seats on-hand for families in need.”