Bringing Christmas Joy to Browning

By Beacon Staff

The Blackfeet Tribe in Browning is looking for donations for its annual Blackfeet Children Christmas Party on Dec. 30. Last year the fund provided more than 2,000 wrapped gifts to children across the reservation.

In 2011, the tribal government raised $20,000 both on and off the reservation to buy gifts and put on the party. Waiting after Christmas means the Blackfeet are able to get post-holiday deals and that means even more toys and treats.

“It’s the good people the world over, opening their hearts and checkbooks, that makes Christmas brighter for our 3,500 children,” said Chairman Willie Sharp Jr. in a press release. “Thank you so much.”

Soon after Thanksgiving, the tribe starts fundraising and donations come from across the region.

Anyone who donates more than $10 will have their name listed on the Blackfeet Nation website and will be mentioned at the party. Donations are accepted right up until the Dec. 30 party and even into January, when organizers bring gifts to children who may have missed the gathering.

To donate, visit www.blackfeetnation.com or www.blackfeetindiantribe.com.

Checks can be sent to: Blackfeet Children, 308 N. Piegan, Box 2613, Browning, Montana, 59417-2613. For more information, call (406) 338-3500.

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