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 JOANNA family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 22 Queen and King warm blankets or comforters... need approx. 5 hygiene articles, cleaning supplies and pantry food and clothing.. Package 1: 1 King size Sherpa Plush Blanket color mulberry(purple)/white Package 2: Package 2: 1 Queen size Sherpa Plush Blanket color mulberry(purple)/white and 1 Queen size Sherpa Plush Blanket color red/white
Niece 9 skinny jeans, t shirts, hoodie, panties, training bra, sneakers, socks, snowboots and a winter coat It is hard being her age - too old to play with the older kids but to young for her sisters She would love to feel pretty and have hair ties, and things to fix her up. her favorite color is pink .. She would probably some craft s and things to play with. skinny jeans 10/12 shirts 12/14 shoes 3 promised winter coat - F 9 - 4 pants/leggings, 6 ls tops, 4 panties, sneakers, hair ties.
Sister F 23 Jogging set or joggers and tops She is a young Mom and would really love some sweats to wear. She lives in the country but has very little clothing... Ladies XL promised sister jogging suit, hoodie, sweat shirt t shirt, 3 warm blankets F 23 - 1 sweatpants.
Nephew M 4 joggers with cuffs, t shirts, sneakers, socks, briefs, hoodie, snowsuit, snowboots He is a big boy and is all boys.....and a bundle of energy and fun. Clothing 6T Shoes 11 Promsed 3 pants, 2 ls shirts, 5 briefs, 1 pj bottom. M 4 - 3 pants, 2 ls shirts, 1 pj bottom, 5 briefs.
Nephew M 3 all clothing , hoodie, sneakers and socks and wintercoat, hat & gloves yes there are two little boy close in age and act like a pair of twins. They are the same size. clothing 18 24 mos. winter coa 24 mos Promised - 2 pants, 3 ls shirts, 2 ss shirts, pjs. M3 - 18 mos - 2 pants, 2 ls shirts, 3 ss shirts, 2 pjs. 2T - 3 pants, 4 ls shirts.
Niece F 3 warm leggings, t shirts, hoodie, coat, snow boots hat and gloves She is a cute little girl who loves play with her sister and would love a baby doll. clothes 5T Shoes 8 T coat 6 T promised- 4 panties/leggings, 8 ls tops, 3 panties. F 3 - 4 pants/leggings, 8 ls tops, 3 panties.
Son M 1 Baby need all clothing has very little and a pair of shoes and socks, And a hoodie - baby hygiene, snacks and diapers size 6 He is the youngest in the house and he always has someone to hold him. 18 - 24 months Size 6 shoe winter snow suit 24 mos. promised - 2 pants, 3 ls shirts, 2 ss shirts, pjs. - 18 mos - 2 pants, 2 ls shirts, 3 ss shirts, 2 pjs. 2T - 3 pants, 4 ls shirts.

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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