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 LANA family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 34 clothing for children..hygiene articles and cleaning supplies She and her husband are raising their children and living with extended family....she tries very hard to stay traditional and they try very hard to make it on their own. This year is super hard and they are not going to get their children ready for school. She is hoping someone will open their hearts. F4: backpack, crayons, leggings, 2 tops. M12: 5 boxers M16: 3 boxers, 2 tees F11: hair accessories, 2 tees
Daughter F 4 She needs sneakers and socks...leggings, T shirts, panties and a hoodie plus book bag and crayons. she still is a bundle of joy but she is 4 years now and they just love her to death. She has outgrown her clothing and need clothing for now and this fall.. she is the youngest child in the house hold. Sneakers 3T Leggings 5 T shirts and hoodie 6 F4: backpack, crayons. Leggings, 2 tops. Jeans 5T
Son M 12 needs sweats, t shirts, hoodie, socks, boxers, book bag and school supplies for 6th grade. Bookbag - 12 # 2 pencils, 1 glue sticks, l glue bottle. 2 pink erasers, l white eraser, , 8 Markers, , scissors, pencil case, 2 pks. lined paper, 1 pk. plain papers 4 spiral notebooks, blue and ren pens, ruler 24 crayons, 1 inch binder calculator, pencil sharpener, hi lighter and calculator. He's a boy and like his brothers he has no clothing. He is currently wearing his cousins clothes....He just is so happy to have found a home. joggers or sweats 12/14 T Shirts 14/16 boxers Hoodie 14/16 basketball sneakers or hi tops 9 backpack, school supplies, 2 shirts 5 boxers
Son M 7 this little boy needs clothing and a hoodie He needs everything - big for his age bookbag and school supplies - 24 crayons, 2 pink erasers, 2 glue stick, l glue bottle, pencil case, 8 markers, 8 colored pencils scissors and # 2 pencils Mom says he is growing fast and has outgrown everything. He use to be the baby of the family but now he is a first grader. And he can't wait for school to start. he is the typical little boy who loves nerf guns, dinosaurs, cars and trucks. 9/11 - school supplies promised
Daughter F 11 leggings or skinny jeans, t shirts, sneakers (would love hi tops), sport type bras, hair accessories. socks, hoodie book bag and school supplies for 6th grade. Bookbag - 12 # 2 pencils, 1 glue sticks, l glue bottle. 2 pink erasers, l white eraser, , 8 Markers, , scissors, pencil case, 2 pks. lined paper, 1 pk. plain papers 4 spiral notebooks, blue and ren pens, ruler 24 crayons, 1 inch binder calculator, pencil sharpener, hi lighter and calculator. this little girl loves to fix her hair and tries to look nice. .Her hair is very long and it is waist length. She loves to read, paint and draw jeans 12, leggings 12/14 skinny jeans 14 shirts 14/16 hi tops 5 1/2 2 tees, hair accessories 9/11 - school supplies promised hair accessories, 2 tees
Son M 16 joggers, boxers, The sole fell off his senakers and he has no shoes. He told his Mom he doesn't want to wear sneakers that are taped together. He has no clothes to start school or supplies... joggers 29 inch waist. T shirts mens XL , hoodie mens XL hi tops 10 High top shoes, socks, hoodie, for oldest boy, school supplies 3 boxers, 2 tees

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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