Navajo Santa strives to enhance the lives of indigenous peoples. We acknowledge and support the strengths and the needs of the Navajo people in and around the Utah strip communities through the spirit of giving while fostering trust and respect between cultures.
We provide this support with three distinct programs:
NAVAJO SANTA FAMILY DELIVERY
A delivery of gifts to families in need across the Utah strip. Traditionally this program has always been held the first weekend of each December.
NAVAJO SANTA GOES TO SCHOOL
Each year an elementary school is identified to provide students with warm coats, back to school items, eye examinations, dental hygiene kits and dental education.
NAVAJO SANTA SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS
We've expanded our operations to include sustainable projects. Such as playgrounds, water tanks, community tools like trailers and more...
We are very fortunate to have many dear supporters without whose generosity we could not have made these many years of Christmas giving possible—thank you!
Sub for Santa
Sisters receiving much needed blankets and clothing
Sub for Santa was a great success this year! We visited the Bluff Senior Center, hosted a large community dinner and visited all our adopted families. We were able to serve 60 seniors at the senior center where we gave out gift bags, had a raffle and spread the cheer with some song. At the dinner we hosted about 140 community members and the Yeibichai dancers who put on a wonderful performance. On our last day we visited 16 families in the Halchita community and delivered essentials like flour, beans, dog food along with much needed personal gifts such as coats, boots, tools and toys.
Navajo Santa Goes to School
New backpacks full of supplies and school sweatshirts
This year we visited Tsébii'nidzisqai Elementary on the first day of school. We were able to provide the school with a donation check and all 245 children with sweatshirts, water bottles, pencil boxes full of school supplies, back packs, notebooks, puzzles and either an encyclopedia/or a beginning reading book, toothbrushes and toothpaste. A big shout out to #EyeCareForKids who provided free eye exams and free glasses to all the kids who needed them!
Sub for Santa
Three delivery recipients dressed in their best to receive the delivery
In the first week of December came our time to deliver for 2017. We had a wonderful trip this year. First we visited the Tolikan Senior Center on December 1st. We were able to bring much needed supplies to the Senior Center itself as well as gift bags for all the seniors there. The following day we delivered all of the adopted families their gifts, as well as food, gloves, tools and many other much needed necessities for life on the reservation. Check out our newsletter here.
Navajo Santa Goes to School
We gave out backpacks full of school supplies, books, hoodies, with the school logo on them, hats, water bottles and tooth brushes and tooth paste to an anticipated 150 students at Bluff Elementary School. A check for $2,000 was presented to Principal Barbara Silversmith and more than $1,000 worth of books and additional supplies were given to individual teachers and the school library. Alvina Tsosie from Red Mesa High School and White Horse High School each received a check for $5000.
Sub for Santa
Santa paying a visit
Smiles were brought to many faces this year. We visited the Oljato Senior Center where we delivered individual
gift bags to over 200 seniors and we were able to deliver much needed items, food and toys to 19 families (96 people in total) in the Olijato Chapter House region of the reservation.Check out our newsletter here.
Navajo Santa Goes to School
Children who received supplies and eye check ups
We pulled off our annual school delivery in Teec Nos Pos to the T'iis Naz Bas Community School, which means Circle of Cottonwoods. We teamed up with #EyeCare4Kids to bring much need services to the kids. We delivered school sweatshirts, school supplies and every child received an encyclopedia. #FidelityInvestments donated a check that will go towards books in their library. Check out our newsletter here.
We've funded several rain catchers this year. As well as several playgrounds and a picnic table. Check out our newsletter here.
Navajo Santa Sub for Santa, Senior Center Delivery and Sustainability
December 3-6, 2015
Music and gifts for Teec Nos Pos Senior Center
At the Senior Center, the Keshmish Quartet was at its best, and the overflow crowd participated enthusiastically in the singing. We left individual gift bags and provided presents for the center: including banquet tables, a wheel chair, a tread mill, landscape tools, a vacuum cleaner and pots and pans.
Gift delivered to an elder
Trucks loaded and ready to deliver new rain catchers to the reservation.
Navajo Santa School Delivery
August 21-22, 2015
Kids get eye checkups
Navajo Santa just completed the Navajo Santa Goes to School program where our organization hands out essential school supplies. This year we visited the Aneth Community School near Four Corners and had a blast with such a great group of kids and teachers.
Thanks to Ann Johnson, who heads up this program and the rest of the Navajo Santa Board which includes a team of volunteers, this year was another success. We would also like to thank Eye Care 4 Kids and Darryl & Marty Thomas for providing two additional programs that supplies with kids new eye glasses and teaches them about dental hygiene.
Santa with an Elder
Family Deliveries at Navajo Mountain
December 5-6, 2014
A wonderful trip this year to a very remote part of the reservation. Delivering to families and elders in need of essentials like food, dog food, tools, clothing and more.
Boys sporting their new sweatshirts.
Navajo Santa School Delivery and Family Interviews
September 5-6, 2014
Navajo Santa board members and volunteer "elves" distributed backpacks, school supplies and
school logoed sweatshirts to 246 students in grades K-6 at the Montezuma Creek Elementary
School on September 5, 2014. Elves Marty and Darrell Thomas provided dental hygiene kits
and an entertaining presentation on dental care. A check for $5,000 was presented to
Alvina Tsotsie, a counselor from Red Mesa High School. The check will be used to take Red
Mesa high school students on a field trip to Flagstaff, Arizona next spring. While in the area,
board members visited the Homer Dale Farm located at St. Christopher's Mission to observe
the progress on the garden and to see if they were using the tools, tool shed and outhouse
provided by Navajo Santa last December.
On day two, 18 families were interviewed for the December Family Delivery, most of whom
were elders. Representatives from the Chapter chose the families and served as guides and
interpreters for the interviews. A meeting was held with the director of the Navajo Mountain
Senior Center to discuss logistics and activities for a luncheon with the elders and their families
to coincide with the December family deliveries. In addition, donated building supplies to
construct two rain catchers were delivered. This was a very gratifying and productive weekend
thanks to the board members and elves who donated their time and hard work.
Kids lining up to get schools supplies and sweatshirts.
Navajo Santa Goes to Navajo Mountain High School
August 22, 2013
We were met at Navajo Mountain High School by Principal Gary Rock and Mart Rule, the principal of Naa Tsis'Aan Community School.
Sweatshirts and school supplies were given to the 35 students at NMHS and the 110 students at the Community School. We presented two guitars to the music teach at NMHS and gave checks in the amount of $10,000 to the schools. The largest check went to NMHS to fund a field trip to Salt Lake City in the spring.
Group shot of the band at the Museum
Whitehorse High School Visits Natural History Museum
The group enjoying a Jazz game while in town.
April 4, 2013
Students from the Whitehorse High School band and their instructor/conductor Matthew Mcclellan presented a concert at the Natural History Museum of Utah on April 4, 2013 as part of their field trip. The students had to meet certain academic requirements and be active participants in Band Level III in order to go on the trip. After the concert they toured the Natural History Museam that was featuring Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets exhibit which showcased 150 contemporary baskets from Navajo artists, many of whom the Whitehorse High School students knew of. The students were impressed to see their own culture portrayed in such a beautiful and sensitive way. Then they attended a high school band concert that evening. The next day they worked with several conductors in workshops, toured Abravanel Hall and the Opera Production Studio. They also went to Hogle Zoo. They were very excited and grateful for this opportunity as we were to have them as Navajo Santa's guests. Special thanks to Paul Michael Maxfield and the staff at the Museum of Natural History for making this event such a success.
Monument Valley High School Visits Natural History Museum
April 1, 2013
Monument Valley High School drove to Salt Lake from Monument Valley, Utah to visit the Natural History Museum of Utah on March 25th. They viewed the exhibit Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets that included a basket demonstration by one of the artists Anderson Black. Baskets in this exhibit are woven by artists mostly in the Monument Valley area so it was very exciting for the students. After touring the rest of the museum and enjoying a box lunch students were off to Gateway and City Creek malls to explore. That evening they enjoyed a Jazz basketball game.