Warming Hearts


For the past four years, we have provided warm clothing to children on the reservations. We will now continue this work all year long, focusing on children in emergency situations and ICWA cases.

While we prefer to only accept new clothing, some reservations will accept used in perfect, like new condition, without stains or ANY visible signs of wear.

We prefer new because we have had too many unfortunate situations to send used clothing out to families. Certainly one needs only to think of blankets infected with small pox to immediately understand why NEW is far preferable.

We have found that with the cost of shipping combined with the inconvenience of cleaning, boxing and making the trip to the Post office, it is far easier to purchase inexpensive coats from on-line retailers and have them sent directly. We also accept financial donations and purchase clothing and shoes at wholesale prices.

Please send clothing to the reservation of your choosing. Please remember that the reservations in South Dakota are among the poorest counties in the United States. Unemployment rates are about 70-80% and most families support their relatives as well.

Attention: Diane Garreau
Cheyenne River Emergency Children's Shelter

405 Chinatown
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Attention: Marina Fast Horse
Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyape
East Highway 18
IHS Compound
P.O. Box 604
Pine Ridge, SD 57770.

Madonna Bear Robe
P.O. Box 101
St. Francis, South Dakota 57572
Madonna has been with Warming Hearts since the beginning. Madonna's daughter came up with the name Warming Hearts with Helping Hands! Madonna and her family reside on the Rosebud Reservation.

Ellsworth Chytka
38516 292nd Street
Lake Andes, SD 57356
Ellsworth has at varying times, been the spokesman and Tribal Chairman Ad Litem Ihanktowan nation. Ellsworth is very connected to the communities on the Yankton reservation and makes certain the clothing gets where it is needed.

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