Cherokee National Treasure Tommy Wildcat, Boys & Girls Club of Nowata representatives Leonard Thomas and Treasure Standeford, Tribal Councilor Dick Lay, Boys & Girls Club of Nowata representatives Shelby Swalley and Bonnie Pruett and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation donated a surplus shuttle bus to the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata to help the organization serve its current members and its outreach services.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Dick Lay presented the keys to the shuttle bus to the staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.
“The Boys & Girls Club of Nowata provides an invaluable service to the children of Nowata County,” Hoskin said. “They are very instrumental in developing our future leaders through their many programs and services, and that’s why it is vital for the tribe to provide support to their mission through funding and other resources, like this shuttle bus. Anything we can do to help their club reach and change more lives is a positive thing for the Cherokee Nation and its future.”
The surplus shuttle bus was donated from the Cherokee Nation Businesses fleet.
“This councilman and the Nowata Boys & Girls Club greatly appreciate the much needed shuttle van gifted to the Club from the Cherokee Nation through Cherokee owned Cherokee Nation Businesses,” Lay said. “This van will be utilized on behalf of over 1,300 kids of Nowata County, with approximately 60 percent being Native. All these kids, Cherokee or not, are blessed with wonderful opportunities through Director Treasure Standeford and her staff and board members of Nowata Boys & Girls Club.”
Boys & Girls Club of Nowata Director Treasure Standeford said the donation of the bus to the club is a true blessing.
“The support from the Cherokee Nation means so much, not only to the staff but also the kids,” Standeford said. “It’s a struggle when we don’t have what we need to furnish the kids with what they need, so this bus is a blessing. We’re beyond blessed to have this partnership with the Cherokee Nation.”
In 2016, the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata served more than 1,300 kids.
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