April 2014 Newsletter

For the first time in NAHA’s history, one of our tractor trailers was involved in a collision when an uninsured driver pulled out in front of it – while it was going 60 mph!!!  Thankfully no one was seriously injured, but we now need to replace an expensive piece of equipment that is vital to our organization.  The insurance company has said the rig is totaled, but unfortunately the replacement cost has been grossly undervalued and the insurance money won’t cover its replacement.

We are asking everyone to please help our purchase of a new tractor trailer.  Every little bit helps offset this unexpected cost.  We typically have 3 trucks on the road 5 days a week.  Having one missing/out of commission has a huge impact on the amount of food, clothing and other daily necessities of life we are able to deliver. You can donate through our website or by sending whatever you can to us:  NAHA / 830-F John Marshall Hwy / Front Royal, VA  22630.  Please note “tractor trailer” in the memo line.

We certainly understand if you cannot donate at this time, but perhaps you could share this with all of your friends and family – you never know who might be able to help out a charitable organization in a time of need.

Let’s move on to some good news. We have been able to acquire a truckload of brand new clothing and brand new therapeutic tennis shoes for those in need on the Reservations. On top of that we still continue to receive the Wal-Mart, Sears and Costco truckloads on a weekly basis. We also acquired drinks, salvage groceries, frozen items, peppers and cheese this month.

Easter is only a few weeks away which means we need to get the ball rolling and purchase all the makings of a traditional Easter dinner so we can load them on NAHA’s trucks and deliver them to families who will otherwise go without on Easter Sunday. Far too many of our Native American brothers and sisters will count themselves “lucky” if they have a few slices of bread or a watery bowl of soup to eat on Easter Sunday. It’s not about the dinner that makes Easter special but the sense of hope and company of loved ones that makes this holiday so joyful. But I’m sure you can agree that a nice nutritious dinner helps complete the day.

That’s why I am asking if you will help provide these dinners for Easter Sunday to the Native American families in need. By purchasing in bulk and using our own trucks to deliver the food, we can provide a nutritious meal for a family of five for just $30. We are aiming to provide dinners to 1,500 families so I am counting on your help and hoping you will be especially generous. Any amount you can contribute will be greatly appreciated. We need to start purchasing these dinners ASAP so please send in your contribution today! We also accept gently-used clothing, blankets, shoes, jackets, etc. which may be shipped to our warehouse at: 12085 Quaal Rd., Black Hawk, SD 57718.

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