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 LUCILLE family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 37 Toilet paper, laundry and dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, Clorox or lysol SWEATS OR LEGGINGS, T SHIRTS SNEAKERS PANTIES AND SOCKS Her caseworker called this in and said she really needs help and hopes someone can help her. This single mother of five young boys and a newborn daughter is in need of HELP> . Awhile back they lost everything after their house burned. They are now living in a trailer. Her youngest son has fragile health after open-heart surgery. They need household basics, clothing - Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Sweat pants Xl leggings 2X T shirts 2 XL Shoes 10 For Baby: baby bottle, pacifier, 4 pairs of socks, bath towel, 4 80-count wipes, body wash, shampoo, lotion, diaper rash cream For son: Four size 4 t-shirts 8 toothbrushes, 2 toothpastes, 3 body wash
Son M 4 shorts, shirts, socks, sneakers This 4 year old boy needs summer clothes. He has outgrown all of his clothing. He would love some trucks and cars to play with.... Any help is appreciated. shorts and T shirts 6R,,,,,shoes l 1 pants, 3 shorts, 5 t-shirts, 1 pr shoes. Boy sz 4T - 3 shorts, 3 s/s tees
Son M 6 shorts, shirts, socks, sneakers and briefs This 6 year old boy has outgrown his clothes and has no clothing for the summer.....He loves to play cars and trucks with his brother and would love some new ones....His Mom says he is on slender side. shorts and shirts size-6T shoes size-1 underwear size-6T 1 pants, 3 shorts, 5 t-shirts, 1 pr shoes. Boy sz 5/6 - 2 tanks, 3 s/s tees, 2 shorts, 3 l/s tees
Daughter F 0 All baby care items, blankets, clothing and size 3 diapers The mother is desperate she is the only girl in the house and is almost 2 months old. She weighs 11 pounds Her brothers all dote on her and think she is the prettiest baby in the world. Some 3 -6 months and basically 6 - 9 months Diapers, size 3 and size 5. - , 3 bibs, 5 outfits, 1 pr pants, 1 sleep sack Girl baby - sz 9-12 mon - 1 l/s top & pants
Son M 12 Basketball shorts, T shirts, Tanks, boxers, Hi tops and socks He dreams to one day to play football professionally....His brother is his best friend. He would love to have a football and basketball to share with his brother. basket ball shorts Large mens T shirts Large mens Hitops 12 1/2 wide 2 basketball shorts, 2 t-shirts, 3 pr socks, 3 pr boxer/briefs
Son M 2 diapers, socks, t shirts, shorts, soft and pull on clothes would be great. socks and sneakers This little boy has had heart surgery but is doing better now, but is still having problems....A few baby toys would really be nice. Diapers size-5 Clothing 4T Shoe size 11 All clothing - nothing fits 1 joggers, 4 shorts, 2 pr pjs, 5 t-shirts.
Son M 10 Sneakers, socks, s/s T shirts and tanks and basketball shorts This young man is very active and loves to play football and basketball. He is happiest when playing with his brother and dreaming when he get play sports in school. Basketball shoes size 10 Wide Shirts size-L Mens Basketball shorts large mens 2 basketball shorts, 2 t-shirts, 3 pr socks, 3 pr boxer/briefs.

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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