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X-Mas in February

March 4, 2014


Donations spread joy for youngest on campus
By Lisa J. Azure, Child Development Center Administrator

           The United Tribes Child Development Centers are grateful for the generosity of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation in bringing joy to youngsters on the UTTC campus.
           The centers held a “Christmas in February” event February 26, made possible by MHA Nation support.
           Back in December, UTTC Counselor Anita Charging, grandmother of two children who attend the daycare centers on campus and member of the MHA Nation, wrote to her tribal representatives and asked if they would consider donating to purchase gifts for the youngest members of the UTTC community.
           Her request was approved with two $1,500 checks, one from the tribe and the other from Four Bears Casino.
           The college’s three daycare center directors, Vivian Hurkes (MHA Nation), Barb Strikes the Enemy (Cheyenne River) and Lori Brown, along with some of their staff, went on a shopping trip and purchased gifts for each child.
           They waited to give the gifts until the end of February, to make sure all the children would be on campus and available to attend.
           The three centers are licensed through the state of North Dakota and serve approximately 150 children, ages birth to 5.
           Thanks again to the MHA Nation, Four Bears Casino and Anita Charging for spreading the joy of Christmas.


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