Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Help the Foster Children of Pine Ridge Reservation!

An Emergency Heating and Food Donation Drive

It is a struggle to keep poorly insulated homes heated and food on the table, for the 300+ families that are caring for foster children. Unfortunately, LOWO, the reservation's foster care agency, is getting calls for help daily but has nothing left in its budget for such emergencies. These families are in need of wood, propane, electric heaters and food and at this point LOWO must rely solely upon its emergency fund which gets very few donations. During winter this is especially urgent as temperatures often drop well below zero on the reservation. If you can donate a check, an electric heater, or nonperishable foods, please let me know and I'll add your donations to the tally below. The local propane companies require a minimum order of $125 to deliver so the need for monetary donations is great and will continue through the winter months. If enough of us donate in small amounts we can make this happen, and every check, whether it is $5 or $500 will make a big impact on rez families that are cold and/or hungry.
Thanks so much for your help!
Donated as of 12/6:
Monetary Donations in any amount* ($125 will provide an emergency propane delivery for one family):
$835 donated--Thank you! Need additional
Electric Heaters icon (Goal 75; 11 donated--Thank you! Need 64)
Nonperishable foods:
Peanut butter icon
Oatmeal icon
Cold cereal icon
Dried and canned beans icon
Vegetables icon
Tuna icon
Soup icon
Formula icon
Grains and rice icon
Baking Supplies icon
Nonperishables donated--Thank you!:
50 nonperishable items

Ship your donations to:
Via UPS/FedEx**:
604 East Hwy 18
IHS Compound
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Via U.S. Mail use this address only please (and use this address for checks):
P. O. Box 604
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
*Please make your check out to "LOWO" put a notation on it that it is for the emergency fund, and mail to the P.O. box listed above.
**If you order online and use this "street" address, you may get a message that says "We've found no matches for the address you've entered, please edit the address or select entered address:" This is because there are no street names on the reservation and the address isn't in the zip code database. If you click on the "604 East Hwy 18" address the system will take you back to the "Enter or Verify Your Shipping Destination" page. Just choose standard shipping, click on "Continue," and it will let you complete your transaction.
Please Note: Due to the volume of donations shipped to the reservation FoPRR cannot verify delivery of your boxes. If you are shipping from home and require confirmation of delivery, please purchase delivery confirmation from the post office or use your shipping service's or online vendor's tracking system.

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