For ten years, we have been providing warm clothing to the reservations
in South Dakota. The effects of your efforts have been long lasting
and life changing for many people, but each year we are approached by
new communities that are not on anyone else's list. They are the remote
places where children routinely go without coats and socks. They are
the places that have no where else to turn for help. In some places,
like Eagle Butte, the goods we send are brought out into distant communities
where the truly humble live.
Last year a devastating storm left the Cheyenne River Reservation
in complete disrepair, and this year, there is even less money than
usual for the kids. There is no money for propane or for anything extra
such as the art supplies, books, toys, and basic needs like shampoo,
toilet paper, cleaning supplies. The children come into the Clubs looking
for something to eat. Struggling families come to the Shelter to see
if they can get a pair of shoes for the kids. Unemployment is nearing
90% because the storm drained all of the usual resources, which were
slim to begin with.
We always support the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Cheyenne River
Children's Shelter, and each year we add new communities to make sure
we are spreading the needed goods where they need to go. We guarantee,
the places and people we send to are approved by their own communities
and we keep close tabs on where and how things are delivered.
We are requesting only NEW items to be sent
to the reservations, however, used clothing will be accepted at the
Changing Winds address: PO Box 3856, Rapid City, SD 57709. We will wash,
separate and distribute according to need. Please be respectful in your
donations: NO stains, NO frayed cuffs or collars, NO missing buttons
(please sew them on prior to sending) or broken zippers. If you wouldn't
put them on your own children, please do not send them to us. Please
call us with any questions and for further explanations. We appreciate
EVERYTHING you do!
We are effective because
Changing Winds is Changing Lives ... maybe even yours!
is the list for 2010:
Boys and Girls Clubs , Cheyenne River
In the past the Clubs has used small electric heaters
to keep the Club warm. However this is inefficient, expensive
and the whole building cannot be heated or used. If you
would like to purchase propane, you can call Cheyenne
River Gas Company, ask for Rita, and make a donation.
It will take $2000 to keep the building warm until spring.
If you would like to send money directly into that account
call, 605 964 3307 or send the donation to Changing Winds
marked Heat Donation
and we will split it between the Boys and Girls Clubs that
we serve, plus you will get the tax deduction. If you are
calling, tell them the address is 19 Dupree Street, Eagle
As always, the kids need:
coats, boots, socks, underwear, gloves, hats, art supplies,
old leather jackets to be cut up, watercolor, papers, tempura
paint, nonperishable. New toys ages 3-11!!! footballs, soccer
balls, baseballs, candy canes. Send to this address, and
if you send us your receipts, you will receive a tax deduction.
Boys and Girls
21 Dupree St.
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Creek Boys and Girls Clubs
Crow Creek Boys and Girls Clubs needs funding for heat.
If you would like to purchase propane, call the Burke Oil
Company at 605 734 6905 to and make a donation. It will
take $2000 to keep the building warm until spring. If you
would like to send money directly into that account you
can call them. You could also send the donation to Changing
Winds marked Heat Donation and we will split it between
the two Boys and Girls Clubs of Cheyenne River and Crow
Creek, plus you will get the tax deduction. If you are calling,
tell them the address is 200 Sam Boy
Dr. Fort Thompson.
Notebooks, pens, folders, puzzles, markers, arts &
crafts projects, stickers, scrapbooking projects, children's
DVD's, coloring books, reading incentive books, little prizes
for points earned for reading, toys for ages 6-12, fabric
for sewing projects, cone thread, summer clothing for the
Boys & Girls
Club Of Three Districts
200 Sam Boy Dr.
Fort Thompson SD 57339
River Emergency Shelter
|As always, the Emergency Children's
Shelter provides for families who are struggling to
live on meager means as well as working hard to keep the children
from being adopted out. There are children who live at the
shelter for months at a time. The need is so great we have
begun to discuss the possibility of raising funds to expand
the shelter so they never have to turn anyone away.
The needs are the same as in the past. Please continue
to support the Emergency Children's
Shelter as they are in touch with all of the areas
around the entire reservation and have the ability to distribute
needed goods to the most remote communities.
Needed are the usual: coats, children's clothing in
all sizes, NEW toys and games, NEW stuffed animals.
Also requested: small home
appliances like coffee pots, microwave and toaster ovens.
Pots and pans, blankets, sheets, towels, any and all houseware
items. The people we are serving are truly in need of the
things you may take for granted.
Emergency Child Shelter
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
and Girls Clubs of Rosebud
Le umpetuki lela waste yelo nahan iyuhan cante waste
nape ciyuzapi yelo.
Today is a good day and I shake each and every one of
your hands from the bottom of my heart. My name is Webster
Luxon and I am the Mission unit director for the Boys &
Girls Club of Rosebud. We are located in South Central South
Dakota on the beautiful and majestic Sicangu Lakota Nation.
The Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud would like to thank
each and every individual who donated to our cause last
year. The winter clothing that we received last year came
just in time for the cold and blistering weather we received
here in the Dakotas. The sewing machines are still in good
use. Matter of fact right now the youth are working on star
quilts. The furnace is installed and running in perfect
condition. The youth are currently enjoying movie night.
We now have a popcorn machine to add to the movie theater
We exist in an economically disadvantaged society. The
suicide rate here on our land is extremely high. We are
seeking professional speakers who are willing to come to
our area and speak on the topics that are destroying our
We still need educational board games, more DVD's for
movie night, winter clothing, art supplies, sewing materials
and fabrics, baseball, soccer, and football equipment, educational
material such as dictionaries, workbooks by grade and subject,
we also need cleaning supplies. Currently we have two sewing
machines and we could use two more because there are more
girls who are sewing now. We would like to get bicycles
to help promote physical activity and help prevent obesity
and diabetes. We would appreciate any Christmas gifts for
teens and pre teens.
PS: they also need coats, hats and gloves and snowboots.
Boy's and Girl's
Club of Rosebud Mission Site:
P.O. Box 112 or 425 West 2nd Street ,
Mission S.D. 57555
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's Culture Committee
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's Culture Committee is humbling
asking for any donations to help our tribal members in need
in this upcoming winter season:
- Clothing, winter clothing, under clothing, socks,
and shoes or boots of any sized available
- Toiletries (I.e. Laundry soap, body wash, shampoos,
conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair supplies,
dish soap, towels, wash cloths)
- Linens - Sheets (all sizes ), blankets, sleeping
- Kitchen items (I.e. Dishes, small appliances, utensils,
pots, pans, and storage containers)
- *Any kind of non perishable food items here is a
that will ship directly here and we can get to the families
- Cleaning supplies of any kind
- And any kind of Christmas gifts to be given to the
children of any age (birth to 18 years of age)
A long stretch to even ask but even used computers or
Or anything else you would like to send along. As anything
would be a welcome gift for the people during these trying
Any and all would be greatly appreciated and very warmly
May the Great Spirit always watch over you and yours in
this upcoming Holiday season.
52139 881 Rd
Verdigre, NE 68783
Traverse Reservation, South Dakota
Darlene Pipe Boy is an elder on the Lake Traverse Reservation
and has spent her life working for her people. She is well
known in activist circles and is a heartfelt, soft-spoken
lady. She has asked us to help the children and the elderly
in her community. Here are some of the things she mentioned
in our conversation:
“The housing here is really bad, and when it rains,
we know its going to turn to ice and the lines will go down.
Then there is no electricity or heat. We know its impossible
to hope for, but maybe there is a way to get a generator.”
Impossible is not in Changing Winds vocabulary. We are investigating
whether or not we can get one for the community.
“We see a lot of hunger here. Everywhere you look, people
are struggling for food. The elderly here, they are living
on about $400 a month. It's hard, but that's the way it
is. The children go through a lot of hardship and for them
that's the way life is, they don't even know it. When you
give things to the children, like a notebook, its like the
greatest gift, and their faces just light up. The connections
we make (CW and the people on the Reservations) are helping
people. Everything is always very appreciated. When you
give to people who are not used to receiving things, they
are that much more grateful.”
Darlene is requesting coats, boots, new toys and warm
clothing for the children, ages infant to teens. She says,
“The teens are always forgotten.” I assure her that is not
the case with Changing Winds, so if you can find sweatshirts,
jeans, socks and underwear, these things will be so appreciated.
"If we are quiet, we will hear the cry of the
redman! There is a need for jackets, snow boots, gloves,
caps, thermal wear, clothing. I want to add the elderly
who need jackets, gloves, sweaters, clothing. Gifts for
christmas. There is always a need, in return you receive
smiles, happy faces." Darlene Pipeboy.
Note: This is
a Highway box, not a PO Box. It is fine for UPS.
Peever, SD 57257
Support the Children of South Dakota
Winds Advocacy Center.
a donation today!
a check to:
Winds Advocacy Center
PO Box 3856
Rapid City, SD 57709
Winds is so grateful for your help and strives to honor your trust
by making sure the children benefit from every dollar you send.
Your donations are never used for salaries and very little is
used for administration such as shipping and mailing. This year
we have received large quantities of excellent quality goods including
beds, bureaus, linens, clothing and more. It costs us $3,000 to
send out $20,000 worth of goods, so your donations actually appreciate
in value in terms of dollars spent for goods received on the reservations.
as you know, we make it easy for you to reach out to the children
in the way that suits you best. If you have other ideas about
how you'd like to help, please contact us at CWAdvocacyCenter@aol.com
or call 203-543-9720.
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