Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Brrr It's Cold Outside

The temperature is dropping in Pineridge, South Dakota. Next week it is going to snow. Winter is rapidly approaching and many of the Lakota children live in homes with inadequate heat if any at all.

In addition to the school at Wounded Knee that I wrote about in my previous post we can send warm clothing to the National American Heritage Association.
National Heritage Association is a global Pine Ridge donation organization--it has a four star charity rating. They know which schools, agencies, or churches have the greatest need.

Here is the address for National American Heritage Association to use if you wish to send warm winter dresses, leggings, hats, gloves and extras.

National American Heritage Association
12085 Quaal Rd
Black Hawk, SD 57718

Or if you you wish to send monetary donations use this address:

Native American Heritage Association
P.O. Box 512
Rapid City, SD 57709
Thank you in advance for your love, generosity, and kind spirit.

The Warm Winter dress tutorial is in the September 2011 archive.  Just scroll down the right side column to the Archive and click on 2011 and then September.  Drop me a line if you need help finding it.  DressAGirl@charlottesville.net.

This is a temperature chart for Pineridge, SD. As you can see the coldest months are November November through March.  Brrrrr


Friday, October 19, 2012

Getting Ready for Cold Weather


Winter is creeping up on us again and my thoughts turn toward the Lakota children.

Pine Ridge Reservation, located in South Dakota. The tribal government records show that there are 38,000 members living on the Pineridge reservation.  Unemployment is over 80% compared to the rest of the country where unemployment runs below 8%.  The average salary is less than $8,000 for a family of four or even more. Most families do not have adequate heat, food, water, healthcare or clothing. 
Last winter there was a record low temperature of minus 20 degrees!
This year we are requesting warm dresses, clothing and extras to be sent to The Wounded Knee District School.  This school is the one that was featured in the television special with Diane Sawyer called A Hidden America: The Children of the Plains. 
To send a package by regular mail USPS send it to:
Wounded Knee District School
P.O.Box 350
Manderson, SD 57756

To send a package by UPS/Fed Ex use this address:
Wounded Knee District School
101 Main St
Manderson, SD 57756

Because of the severe climate and inadequate heat, dresses need to go as they are made. If you have the means please consider including an extras- such as panties, tights, leggings, hat, and gloves or mittens. 
Thank you in advance your kind heart and generous spirit.