Community , ON Services

Tree of Gifts donation drive provides for children in need

An Osage Nation holiday tradition is back to help area children in need receive a Christmas toy gift.

The ON Financial Assistance Department is hosting the annual Tree of Gifts donation drive to provide Christmas gifts to children who receive support services from the department’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Helping is easy – There is a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments containing Christmas wish lists from local children at the ON Financial Assistance Department located in the ON Welcome Center in Pawhuska, according to an ON news release. Those wishing to purchase/ provide gifts for the Tree of Gifts may visit the office to obtain a wish list ornament. 

The TANF program provides temporary benefit assistance and support services for families to obtain self-sufficiency, according to the Financial Assistance Department website. TANF clients are Osage and Native American households in Osage County.

All gifts must be delivered to the Financial Assistance Department by Dec. 18 for department staff to wrap the gifts and deliver to the children. The Financial Assistance Department is also requesting donations of gift bags, wrapping paper, bows, tape, and gift tags. There will also be an opportunity to help with gift-wrapping and gift deliveries.

To donate or for more information on the Tree of Gifts, visit the ON Financial Assistance Department located on the first floor in the Welcome Center at 239 West 12th St. in Pawhuska or call (918) 287-5325.

For more information on ON Financial Assistance Department services, visit the Nation’s website at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/financial-assistance