(Shown above, NIȽ TU,O staff serving the Christmas feast)
Dinner – a sumptuous turkey meal prepared by Auntie Rose and served by NIȽ TU,O staff – was no less festive from beginning to end. To start, someone from each table had to sing a Christmas carol to allow their table to go up to the buffet and serve themselves. Then, once the meal was served, Santa, his elves, and the Grinch himself appeared to pass out gifts for every single child in care. By the end, all were sent home with plenty of delicious leftovers and warm holiday memories.
(Shown above, NIȽ TU,O Santa and his elves, preparing to hand out gifts)
The Christmas party is a much anticipated yearly event for children and families to connect, celebrate, and enjoy the spirit of the season.
(Shown above, community members creating arts & crafts with NIȽ TU,O staff)
This year, the entire NIȽ TU,O office worked together to create and distribute over 70 Christmas Hampers. Each hamper was stocked full of holiday food and goodies, including a turkey, ham, vegetables, chocolates, a 2024 wall calendar, day planners for all youth ages 10 and over, and full stockings for each child in the home. The NIȽ TU,O team delivered hampers to all seven communities on December 20th, 2023, just in time to plan a delicious Christmas dinner.
The annual Christmas party is usually the biggest gathering of the year, but it certainly is not the only one – NIȽ TU,O also hosts regular caregiver dinners, where food and child care are provided for attendees and a guest speaker is also present to provide information and support on topics on caregiving. Other past topics have included traditional food, land-based teachings, and traditional plant and medicine knowledge.
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