I spent a number of years collecting school supplies for a local organization via a corporate
sponsored drive. I can no longer physically collect, pack up, and load dozens of heavy boxes into my little car at any
given time. I am simply unable to do so.
But— What I can do is provide a group or individuals with enough information to choose how they can
offer support to First Nation Reservation schools for the 2008 school year.
There are a number contacts/names, phone numbers, and addresses for Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Reservation schools in North and
South Dakota, along with the Rosebud and Pine
Ridge schools further south. There’s also a dormitory and youth project
that would benefit greatly by whatever assistance you are willing to make available.
Charitable organizations have not faired well the
last couple of years. Even the most notable charities are suffering. What with the economy the way it is—we’re either in
a recession or we aren’t—call it what you may, we’re all victims
of the soaring cost of living, job cut-backs, natural disasters, and quarterly reminders of big oil raking in HUGE profits. And all with no clear end in sight.
A recent evening news spot showed how a few families in the Ohio Valley are cutting
back on school supplies for the coming year. Mother’s and
fathers are telling their children they need to use the 'same box of crayons' or 'glue sticks from last year,' and not to
worry about those who have everything new. They’re not purchasing
everything that’s on "The List." [see also: Rising prices beat down consumer spending in June] And this is from families who are used to living with theirs heads just above water. Not rich— but getting by.
They are also the same kind of people I worked with for many years; who dropped off bag,
after bag, after bag of supplies for children they would never know. Their
educations are on the line as well; those whose needs are as important now than ever before.
I have no idea of the outcome of this effort. But I could do nothing less than try. I
click to feed, provide books, mammograms, care, and protect habitat every day. And have done
so for many years. It is in this spirit that I thought, 'why not utilize something
similar with my website?'
It’s not like I haven’t been working to have this up and running well before
now. But just today I remembered all things happen in due time. Had this come any sooner, you may not have recognized it for what it means. Besides, the need is greater now.
Of that I have no doubt.
* Feel free to question or make suggestions. I am open to making this as easy and accessible to everyone’s needs and abilities to help.
Among the options [many of you already received the letter from Guy Jones], if you prefer to take advantage of the numerous Back-to-School
Specials, you can drop off supplies at: SunWatch Indian Village & Archaeological
Park, no later than
August 28th, as The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans (TMVCNA)
leaves for the Dakotas August 30th.