Hey folks, we need your donations, both end-of-year tax deductible ones and gloves and mittens for older kids!
Suggestions for Children's Gifts
Okiciyap has identified 40 children who need Christmas gifts. They suggest that gifts that encourage creativity would be the best. These include crayons and coloring books, art sets and games. Boys will always love action figures though.
People have already been sending a lot of hats and scarves, so the focus is now on gloves. There is a greater need for gloves/mittens for older children this year, so get the larger sizes.
Suggestions for Gifts for Elders
There are 5 Elders who are in need this year. The tribe gives them each a blanket each year so we can't do blankets.. With cash donations we can help them by getting them credits at stores for when they need things.If you choose to donate funds, write a note in the message section of the donation from directing saying you want your donation to go to Elder Gifts. If you want to send a gift, let us know in the comments.
Gift Cards for Volunteers
They are also going to give gifts to the volunteers again this year. There should be about 15, but Emily is going to get that exact number this week. Last year we raised over $1200 for volunteer gift cards. I got them through my local bank since it offers them for free to account holders, but this year Emily is going to get them through a bank out there. That simplifies matters a lot.
If you'd like to donate to this fund, when you donate oleave a note in the message section indicating that you'd like your donation to go to Volunteer Gift Cards.
Thanks to Okiciyap, over 150 families on the Cheyenne River Reservation will have full Thanksgiving dinners with all thee fixins.
They gave out 75 turkeys and 40 ham boxes...both had all the fixings...the ham boxes were from Feeding South Dakota. Because of heavy demand, they purchased 25 turkeys from a local store, which wiped it out. Then they used their community fund from the tribe to purchase 25 more turkeys with all the fixings at LTM in Eagle Butte.
Even with all of this, they had to give some people chickens and didn't have quite enough for all the demand.
This is exponential growth in demand from last year, due to word of mouth about the pantry, and also due to its ability to get grants from the tribe. This spells sustainability!