Miss Navajo Nation Shows Holiday Spirit!

December 8th, 2012  |  Published in Community, Culture, Education

O’siyo.  We should always try to help those in need, especially during the holiday season. Miss Navajo Nation, Leandra “Abby” Thomas did exactly that. She and her companions started collecting donations of food and toys for Navajo families living in remote areas on the reservation. Then she and her chaperone delivered the goods in person. The families were very grateful.

Miss Navajo Nation Leandra Thomas, right, gives Joe Wilson Yazzie boxes of food and toys for his grandchildren.

Excerpt: Miss Navajo makes holiday rounds deep in the rez, By Cindy Yurth.

“For folks out in the hinterlands, it was as much a thrill to meet Miss Navajo as it was to get the boxes of canned food and toys she was delivering. My husband came in the house and said, ‘Miss Navajo is here with a box of food!  said Betty John of Jeddito. I thought he was joking… Leandra “Abby” Thomas is from nearby Steamboat, Ariz. and after venturing to remote Forest Lake Chapter on Monday with her chaperone, Dinah Wauneka, and nearly getting stuck in a ravine, she stuck closer to home on Tuesday.

Thomas said she had been collecting donations of food and toys for months, and wanted to deliver them before the holidays — and before the roads get bad. Being a rural person herself, she knows how it is.

Miss Navajo Nation Leandra Thomas, left, places a box of food by Clarise Sam, middle, as her son Kee Sam looks on. Photo Donovan Quintero-

For some of these families, it’s miles and miles to the grocery store, she said…Two years ago, John and her husband Larry Yazzie had snowdrifts four feet deep around their home, and were stranded for days. We just stayed in and ate canned food, she said. So this food, it will really help us. She also appreciated the toys for her children. Clarise’s son Kee Sam and his wife Ernestine were visiting Clarise, and got in on the haul for their six children as well…”

Kudos to Leandra Thomas and to all of the people who made donations. Also to the Navajo Times for sharing such positive news!

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ~Mother Teresa~

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