Every December we host our Blue Christmas Charity event at the Fort Defiance Chapter House. The purpose of this event is to raise funds and awareness for local organizations within the surrounding areas of Window Rock, Arizona. We have worked with St. Michaels Association for Special Education, also known as SMASE over the years but this year we teamed up with Navajo United Way. Our mission was to conduct a food drive consisting of non-perishable goods as well as a raffle to bring in money donations which would be donated directly to Navajo United Way.
We try to bring some awareness to local organizations so they can advertise their organization. We also provide the opportunity for them to have another outlet to reach the community.
Blue Christmas this year had its own twist! We went with a vacation holiday style with floral skirts and holiday sweaters. We always enjoy a theme for our events and it definitely adds a little BBP touch. For us, Blue Christmas is always a successful event and when we see families enjoying themselves it makes it that much better. It is a special blessing to see children making crafts, decorations and enjoying their time with their families.
This year we decided to bring our raffle back and all items were donated by our pin up girls, their families and friends. They were also donated by Native artists which included OxDx Clothing, Jay Smiley, Def-I and Michael Shorty. BBP has enjoyed working with them at events over the years and we have always supported them. Words cannot express how grateful we are to have their support. So again we want to thank everyone for their donations to the raffle and of their time. Thank you to Jared, Jay, Def-I and Michael.
Our craft tables are also a hit every year! This year we had tables set up for Christmas Card making, cookie decorating, and ornament making. All items were provided by the BBP ladies and our student volunteer. In addition to this we had live entertainment. Twang Deluxe took the main stage with great energy and dancing tunes. We greatly appreciate our friendship with Twang Deluxe & family and of course for being able to make it another year with BBP. Hip hop artist Def-I brought his urban style to the stage and his free style was amazing! Navajo Wranglers, a new comer to the Blue Christmas set list, did not disappoint! They sounded great with their mix of old and underground country vibes. Thank you to each and every artist, who took time to come perform at our event!
Last but definitely not least, our lovely pin up girls hosted a retro hair bar! For a small fee they styled vintage inspired hair and it also included a hand crafted hair flower for the ladies in attendance. We love to give gals a boost of confidence with some holiday hair by Blue Bird Pinups.
Despite the snowy weather we didn’t mind the low attendance. We had a sweet reminder as to why we do these events…A Christmas card was left behind on the craft table which was addressed “Blue Bird Pinups.”
We look forward to the New Year and hope to bring more events to the reservation communities. Happy Holidays!
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