The Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations in South Dakota are part of a larger territory established for the Lakota in 1868 by the United States government and later parceled out to non-Native homesteaders and broken up into smaller tribal reservations. Today, Pine Ridge Reservation is home to about 40,000 Native Americans and Cheyenne Reservation about 20,000. According to the US Census Bureau, the reservations lie within the poorest counties in the United States.

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PANTRY ITEMS ARE: Flour, sugar, salt, pancake mix, bread mix, spices, peanut butter, jelly, milk (dried/canned), potatoes, rice, eggs (dried), etc... Please send new and/or clean (like new) clothing. No stains, rips, tattered fabric, worn out shoe soles. *NO WEAPONS*


The ALLEN YOUTH CENTER is asking for holiday gifts for approximately 200 children of all ages.

Items can be sent directly to: One Spirit, 77 Long Distance Blvd., Kyle, SD 57752.

Contact is Deborah Holcomb at if you have any questions.

Items requested are: toddler toys, basketballs, footballs, dolls, stuffed toys, tablets, books for all age groups, puzzles, board games, art supplies, hats, gloves, socks, RC Cars, toys for all age groups, hot cocoa and candy to hand out to all of the children.

Also, the ROSEBUD SOUP KITCHEN is in need of items for their community. They serve approximately 200 folks on a daily basis.

They have 15-18 babies under 3, 40 children age 3-10, 50 children 10-15 and 100 elders.

Items requested are toys for the babies, basketballs, dolls, stuffed toys, action figures, footballs, RC cars, batteries, toys, board games, puzzles, art kits, purses for the teen girls, hats, gloves, socks for the teens. Candy and treats to give to the children. Candles, hats, throws, socks and gloves to hand out to the elders.

They are also asking for tea, coffee, sugar-free hot cocoa, any types of non-sugar sweetener, creamer and snacks to serve at the soup kitchen.

Please send items to:
Marian and Bill Sorace
28584 BIA 9
PO Box 574
Rosebud, SD 57570
Phone contact: 605-828-5013 (Marian)

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ALLEN YOUTH CENTER ALLEN The Allen Youth Center needs diapers, shampoo, body soap, laundry soap, and lotion. Blankets have been also requested by some families. To provide financial support for programs provided by the Allen Youth Center, please donate through the One Spirit website -- The center cannot process your cash donation or buy shoes for the children.

If you are interested in making a donation to the BRENDA family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 54 Hygiene Items, clothes and shoes for her boys.. Cleaning supplies Mom needs tennis shoes, socks and would love slides This mum could really use some help with hygiene items, clothes and shoes. She is struggling to keep the home clean and her bills paid on the small income she has. After she pays her bills she has little or nothing left for clothes for the kids. She would really appreciate any help. She is really desperate to get boys summer clothing so they can go to summer school. These boys have grown alot and nothing fits....They really need shoes so they can go to summer school. Shoe size 12 - sneakers Slides - size 10 men's promised for Brenda: Crocs sliders, 6 pr socks, sneakers spray cleaner, laundry detergent,3 toothpaste & 6 brushes, kids shampoo/conditioner (3), adult shampoo. sneakers for General: 2 spray cleaners, 3 pk toothpaste, adult shampoo, kids shampoo/conditioner, 2 mens deodorant for older boys.
Son M 14 Sneakers, slides, jeans (boot style), hoodie, socks, Swim shorts (long), Swim shirt (tank top style), basketball shorts, S/S T shirts This young really needs some sneakers and clothing....He has burns on his upper torso and he is self conscious of it - so that is the reason for a swim shirts. He is going to summer school and has no clothing to wear. Please help. He too loves basketball and would love to have a basketball too. His mum struggles getting clothes for her 2 sons and now she has to look after her 2 grandsons as well. Any help would be really great. Dark colors please Sneakers size 14 Clothing size 2 XL jeans 36/36 sneakers, pair of basketball shorts & 3 T's promised swim trunks and tank top - promised
Son M 13 sneakers and socks,slides, swim trunks, joggers, basketball shorts, s/s t shirts XL Hoodie. This young lad could really use some help with clothes. He lives with his single mum, brother and cousins....He loves to play basketball and would love to have one. Dark colors please.... sneakers size 13 joggers 38/34 or 2XL Shorts 2XL shirts 2XL . sneakers, a pair of basketball shorts & 3 T's - promised swim trunks and tank top - promised
Grandson M 10 T shirts, shorts, joggers, socks, sneakers, Swim shorts This young boy really needs some clothes. This grandmother struggles with getting clothes and shoes for him. He is going into the 3rd grade and really needs clothes for summer clothes. Shirts 2 XL joggers 2XL Sneakers 9 wide shorts 2XL Promised 2 pr BB shorts, 3 tank tops,6 pr socks, swim trunks, 4 ss t-shirts. (4 pr jogger sneakers
Grandson M 4 s/s t shirts, tank tops, shorts, joggers, swim trunks, socks and sneakers and slides This toddler really needs some clothes. He is always trying to keep up with his brother and cousins. Any help will be appreciated. Clothing 10 Shoes 1 Promised for 4 y.o.: 2 pr BB shorts, 3 tanktops, 6pr socks, swim trunks, kids sliders, 4 ss t-shirts. 4 pair joggers sneakers

On behalf of the Lakota Families of Pine Ridge Reservation and One Spirit,
we thank you for your kindness and generous heart.


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