Lakota Culture Classes Start Oct 17th
Georgia's Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Treadmills now available for use at Okiciyap
Two Treadmills are available from 10AM TO 4PM Monday thru Thursday, and mornings, evenings and weekends by appointment. The pantry would like $1 per use to help pay for the electricity used.
Some Good News
Due to a clerical oversight, Okiciyap temporarily lost its 501(c)3 status. It has now been restored, so when you donate, you can now be secure that your donation is tax deductible.
Thank you for your patience!
The School Supply Drive Went Well!
Since 2012 the pantry has supplied vital materials to 179 area school children, and they have no other source for them. There are some things left over from last year, so go by this guide for sending things for 2014.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the donors who allowed us to give schoolchildren their supplies again this year. We received most things on our wish list, and were able to purchase the few remaining things that we needed.
A couple of kids happily posing with their back-to-school supplies
Here are some early thank yous from parents (posted on their Facebook page):
Feb. 28, 2014
With the winter wearing on and on, we still need window insulation kits- they'll be up through April at this point. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has stepped in with funding to help more people with heating costs this winter, so we're collecting funds for those who slip through the cracks, as they're bound to do.
In the meantime, the pantry is still receiving loads of food too. Here are some photos from the most recent shipment earier this week.
An Extra Frigid and Propane Shortage Winter Endangers Isabel's Elders
As you know, this winter has been terribly cold for most of the country. Temperatures in the Dakotas have been particularly frigid, going down as far as 60 below zero windchills.
This has meant that many people on reservations have had difficulty heating their homes this winter, particularly the elders. Often living in leaky, substandard houses, many of them ran out of propane weeks ago, and then began heating their homes with their electric stoves. This caused their electric bills to skyrocket so high that they could not pay them. The electric company serving Isabel was close to turning off the electricity for many of them. Others were on the verge of running out of propane.
One elderly couple was in particular trouble because the wife had just fallen and broken her leg and was recovering at home... a freezing home.
On top of this, federal home heating assistance has been a victim of funding cuts, leaving tribes unable to provide real assistance, and there is a national shortage of propane, which has caused prices to skyrocket.
Last week, the Tribe appealed to Okiciyap for help because it is out of heating assistance funds.
Because of your donations, the pantry director was able to intervene with the electric and propane companies on behalf of 23 elders in Isabel, SD. Keeping the electricity on and providing them with full tanks of propane cost $3000.
Okiciyap now needs to replenish this fund it can continue to assist the elders with heating costs this winter.
EMERGENCY REQUEST FOR COLD WEATHER ITEMS
While the pantry needs money to keep the elders warm, everyone else is also freezing on the reservation right now. The pantry has asked people to send blankets, electric heaters, hand warming packs, thermal shirts and pants of all sizes...AND sheets of plastic and duct tape to put up around windows. You can even send one of those window insulation kits from the hardware store. Thank you!!