February 2014 Newsletter

I don’t know about you but I wish winter would move on so spring can make its grand appearance. It’s been a rough few months for everyone around the United States. Places that never get snow during this time of year are getting hammered; it is just weird weather this year. Here on the Reservations it has stayed in the single digits or below for weeks now. We just can’t seem to catch a break. The only thing we can do is make sure everyone has food on their tables, the appropriate clothing on their backs and heat in their propane tanks. We have acquired over ten truckloads of Tempur Pedic mattresses within the past two months. This has prevented people from having to sleep on the cold, hard floors and the cold cannot permeate them. We recently have started receiving loads from Costco as well. These products are similar to Wal-Mart and include bedding, diapers, household items, blankets, clothing, shoes, etc.

If you haven’t watched our new video that we put on our website about a month ago we strongly encourage that you do Also share it with your friends and family and have them share it with people they know. It really puts into perspective the conditions on the Reservations and what people go through on a daily basis just to survive. Hopefully this will get the message out there to people who don’t realize what it is like on the Reservations in South Dakota and how these places are like third world countries. We are very pleased with the content of the video and we hope that it will persuade more donors to contribute to the cause.

As you all are aware, the weather on the Reservations has been cold and brutal for the past few months. This is a critical time of year for us because being able to put propane in the home of a family or elder could mean life or death. We are pleading with you to send an urgent contribution in immediately so we are able to purchase propane heating vouchers so that they may fill their tanks up and stay warm during a night when the winds are roaring and temperatures are at -40 degrees. We have a special arrangement with St. Francis Energy Company that allows us to fill one Native American family’s home heating tank for about $500.00. Now granted I understand that you may not be able to send that amount but we combine it with other contributions to make it.

Many Native Americans during this time of the year have to choose between putting food on their table or propane in their heating tank. This is called the “eat or “heat” dilemma. No one should ever have to make that kind of decision. That is why I am hoping you will send in your contribution today. Unless you have lived through winter on a South Dakota Reservation, it is hard for me to explain how brutally cold it really gets. This is an emergency situation and we desperately need your help. Please send in your contribution today so we can make sure the homes of Native Americans can stay warm. We also accept gently used clothing for all ages and sizes. You may ship those to: 12085 Quaal Rd., Black Hawk, SD 57718.

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