Oct 2012 Newsletter

This month we were able to deliver truckloads of Wal-Mart product to the Reservations which consisted of toilet paper, paper towels, personal hygiene items, bedding, blankets, etc. We distributed emergency vouchers so they could purchase fuel for their homes for the long, cold, brutal months ahead. Words can’t express how grateful they were when we handed them their vouchers and again none of this could have happened without the generous contributions from our caring donors. NAHA also delivered various food products such as potatoes and yogurt and different types of drinks to the Reservations.

Can you believe that it is autumn already? The leaves are starting to change and pretty soon the trees will be bare. For most of us autumn means cooler temperatures and beautiful scenery but for the Reservations it means brisk, cold temperatures and snow. See, winter usually starts for them in September and will last through May. Their struggles are even tougher during the winter when whipping winds cut through the paper thin walls of their homes and at the end of each month when food runs out.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for many of us it means a nice hot meal with our family and friends. For Native Americans living on the Reservations in South Dakota it means they might be lucky to have a loaf of bread and cheese at the dinner table. That’s why I am counting on you to understand the urgent need to help put Thanksgiving turkeys on the table for many Native American families. We will be able to purchase the turkeys in bulk but it will still take a large sum of money to do this. We want to be able to get 1,500 turkeys or more and deliver them before Thanksgiving arrives. We need all the help we can get so any amount you can afford will be much appreciated. They will also be able to take the leftovers from the turkey and make soup which will give them many meals days after. We have a day for giving thanks, wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back? Let’s make today that day!

We are also taking toy donations for all age groups to get ready for Christmas. You may send them to: NAHA, 12085 Quaal Rd., Black Hawk, SD 57718. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!

6 thoughts on “Oct 2012 Newsletter

  1. I am aware that alcohol abuse is a serious problem for Native Americans. Does your association support, in any way, treatment or AA or NA meetings? Thank you.

    1. NAHA provides food, clothing, heating assistance, etc. to the Reservations in South Dakota. We try to help them surive on a day to day basis by providing them with these items and programs. We can’t fix the problems on the Reservations but we can certainly make them a little bit better. There are AA and NA programs on the Reservations and I am sure that Native Americans attend these meetings but we do not have any programs within our organization that supports treatment or meetings. Thank you for your question we appreciate your support.

      Thank you,

  2. Hello, For many years I have donated clean clothing and Christmas gifts to NAHA, and I used to get a receipt for my donations. However, for the last two donations–in late 2011 and early 2012–I haven’t got a receipt, and I am wondering if you still are wanting the clothing and shoes. I see in the Oct. newsletter the address for donating Christmas toys, but I find no mention of wanting sweaters, coats, and boots, etc. Are you still interested in receiving these items? I am a monthly automatic donor to NAHA by withdrawals from my checking account, and if the clothing is no longer wanted, I’m sure I can increase my donation somewhat because of the money I will be saving on postage. Also, I have not gotten a mailing of any kind from NAHA recently, and I would wonder if you were still in existence, except for the fact that the withdrawal comes out of my account every month. I do not receive the newsletter, either online or in the mail. Have I somehow been dropped from the database? Here’s my info:
    Sally Dunning
    1110 Venable Rd
    Palmyra, VA 22963

    I do not mean to complain, I just want to know if you still want the clothing and if I can get the monthly newsletter.
    Thank you,

    1. Good Morning Mrs. Dunning,

      Thank you for supporting our organization, it is greatly appreciated. We always accept and are in need for clothing. This includes blankets, shoes, socks, etc. Since you are a monthly contributor you do not receive any of our monthly appeals. Donors usually sign up for the monthly program so they do not receive appeals every month. As far as the email newsletter you can sign up on our website. It is on our homepage at the bottom where you can put your email address and sign up. If you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are delighted to help you with whatever questions you may have. Again, thank you Mrs. Dunning for everything you have done for the Native Americans.

      Thank you

  3. Hello, I just sent a message a few minutes ago asking about if clothing was still wanted, and as I was reading the older newsletters I did find the mention of the need for gently used winter clothing, so I will go ahead and get that out as soon as possible. I’M not sure if this message box is supposed to be used for messages of this kind, or if it’s supposed to be for commenting on the newsletter. If that’s the case, please don’t show my comments on the website.

  4. Would like to donate 40 boxes of blankets but have no way of getting boxes to sd from NJ.Do you ever have anyone with a van or box truck that cvolunteers to get such items.Due to being on small check can not afford the cost of shipping.Coats new or gently used.

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