While Okiciyap is still up and open for business, and has added activities such as tutoring, children's trips, and a diabetes education workshop, we regret to inform you that it has lost its nonprofit status. This was due to some reporting ando ther failures on the part of the staff. While these and other management issues are being resolved, we ask that you hold back monetary donations in favor of material items for children.
Whether or not the pantry functions as it should, the children of Cheyenne River are still going to need school supplies and winter clothing, and the pantry is still giving out food and clothing. Therefore, please consider sending a backpack and school supplies this year instead of monetary donations.
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Window insulation and heating funds still needed, pantry carrys on providing food
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!!