Ya’at’eeh Keshmish, a non-profit organization known as Navajo Santa, strives to enhance the lives of Navajo people living in southeast Utah through the spirit of giving while fostering trust and respect between cultures.
Throughout history, Navajos living on the Utah Strip of the Navajo Nation are among the most isolated and neglected groups in the United States.
Navajo Santa’s efforts bring relief, aid, support, and a bit of cheer to Navajo students, elders, chapter houses, and families in need, not just during the Christmas holidays but all year long.
Based on a Sub-for-Santa model, this program reaches families on the Navajo Nation who are most isolated and with the greatest need. Those who have suffered a job loss, house fire, medical emergency, or other distress make their way onto our lists.
Goes To School
Navajo Santa Goes to School program provides school-aged children living on the Utah Strip of the Navajo Nation, with school supplies and aims to encourage student confidence and joy in learning.
The senior program was established to serve Navajo elders. Each year we interview administrators of the Chapter House Senior Centers obtaining a “wish list” of needed items for their facilities and programs.
With the goal to expand the educational experience for high school students living on the Navajo Nation, Navajo Santa offers financial support for extracurricular activities that include cultural enhancement and field trips.
Many areas on Navajo Nation are very remote, with numerous people still living without running water and electricity. Navajo Santa strives to support the Navajo community through funding of items that provide a greater, sustainable standard of living to individuals, families, and chapter houses.
Navajo Santa News
The 2019 Family Delivery was a great success this year! This year we adopted 15 families in the Navajo Mountain region of the Navajo Nation. Coats, shoes, boots, ropes, toys, food, tools, and many more items were all delivered to these families. Thank you to our...
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...
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 each of the 245 students with a school mascot sweatshirt, a backpack, water bottle, school supplies, notebooks, puzzles, and an...
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