Needy Children Receive Native Dolls for Christmas
On December 19, 2016, Youth Development Specialists (YDS) gathered at the Indian Education Resource Center in Pembroke to pick up Native American collectible dolls to distribute to selected Indian students throughout the county for Christmas. These gifts were donated from the private collection of Ms. Janice Schroeder. Ms. Schroeder, a generous Pembroke native concerned with the welfare of children displaced by Hurricane Matthew, wanted to specifically target elementary and middle school children as gift recipients. The Youth Development Specialists worked closely with school social workers to identify these students. Only students that were in need and/or displaced received the dolls.
Ms. Schroeder donated 182 dolls from her personal collection. The dolls, with names such as “Buffalo Child” and “Little Bear Dancer”, came from a variety of noted collections, including the Hamilton Collection, Heartland Mint Collection, Georgetown Collection, Paradise Galleries, and Ashton Drake Galleries. Dr. Connie Locklear, Director of Indian Education, noted that Ms. Schroeder “offered so much of herself” with this wonderful donation, which was “given from the heart” with no expectation of recognition.
Chairman Harvey Godwin, Jr. and tribal staff were able to view the beautiful collection before the YDS staff began making their deliveries. The Chairman commended all the YDS staff for the important work they do every day within the schools. In addition, the Lumbee Tribe provided coats to all the children receiving dolls. This provision was made possible by the generous donations made to the Hurricane Matthew Relief fund.
Ms. Donna Locklear and Chairman Harvey Godwin admire one of the donated dolls.