Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make our 2019 Winter Toy Drive a huge success! People from all over the country sent toys and good will to our beautiful young friends on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations.
Winter can be a very hard time of year for kids, especially if they are living in difficult conditions. With school out of session, the support systems which kids rely on are not in place. So we help community leaders by supplying toys for the kids and helping to support events that will help keep the kids feel safe and cared for.
We recognize that many people on the reservation do not observe the holidays so we purposefully run our program as a Winter Toy Drive to acknowledge that fact. We also embrace the understanding that all kids have an awareness of what goes on during this time of year and we can support them by sending them some good will and something to keep them occupied during the school break.
We delivered over 200 gifts for the students at He Dog School in Parmelee on Rosebud and shipped out another 200 for the Wakpamni winter event, the BEAR Project winter event, and families on Pine Ridge.
We were able to spread the good will even further by purchasing 30 new Native-themed books for young Native kids who will be spending the holidays in domestic violence shelters. So happy to be able to partner with the good people at Coalition To Stop Violence Against Native Women!
Wopila to everyone who helped spread so much good will!