Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation Need Our Help Now

You are a mother of five living on the Pine Ridge Reservation with your elderly parents and assorted in-laws (fifteen people in a small dilapidated house), with no job or even the opportunity for one, and you can't even afford toothpaste, laundry soup or other basic hygiene items needed by the members of your family.

Not to mention that everyone in the family is hungry because, while you do get food stamps, they never last through the month. What do you do?

If you're very lucky you get put on the One Spirit Okini list and someone chooses to help by sending you not only food but much needed hygiene items, kitchen items, blankets and clothes.

One Spirit does tremendous work on the Pine Ridge reservation, but there are limits to how much they can help. Without sponsors or donations to the programs, including the Okini program, they are helpless to help the people of Pine Ridge.

People on the Okini list ask for so little, things you and I take for granted. People ask for food, dishes, clothing, toothpaste and laundry soap for example. There are children on the Okini list who can't go to school because they don't have clothes or shoes for goodness sake!

Please open your heart today and become a donor at One Spirit. The Okini list has many desperate families who need your help right now.

Click now to help.

The Okini List It'll Break Your Heart

January 2013. It's cold on Pine Ridge

How the Okini Program Works

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Imagine That You Are...

An 80-year-old elder trying to care for your two toddler grandchildren—and you live in a one bedroom apartment
  • A 35-year-old single father with no job—and you lose everything in a house fire
  • A 20-year-old single mother trying to walk 5 miles to school each day—and you have holes in the soles of your shoes
  • A 16-year-old boy without a home—and the gangs are threatening you
  • An 8-year-old girl whose only shoes are flipflops—and the first snow just fell
Now, imagine that you have the power to help these people directly—from your home to theirs.

Well, you DO have that power through the ONE Spirit Sponsorship Program. The uniqueness of our sponsorship program is its DIRECT approach. Sponsors send their gifts DIRECTLY to the person they wish to receive the help. You can be sure your gift gets to the person because you send it yourself! ONE Spirit’s Sponsorship Program offers people a way to help DIRECTLY, person-to-person. We have many people who have asked for help. Here are some of the options: 
DIRECT Sponsorships for Elders
Elders on Pine Ridge often lead a difficult life because of poor housing to begin with, lack of resources to repair or weatherize the home, and responsibilities to care for grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Elders love to get coffee, warm sweatshirts, shoes, laundry detergent, and pantry staples.

DIRECT Sponsorships for Families and Children
Families on Pine Ridge share everything. Clothing is passed around, and toys are shared by everyone. Sponsors may take on a whole family or just one child. Either way, the gifts will be shared by everyone! Families can use help with seasonal clothing changes, laundry detergent, shampoo and bath soap, toothbrushes and paste, coats, shoes, and socks. Household items, such as sheets and towels are also welcome.
INDIRECT Sponsorships for the Safe House
The Safe House provides a home for children of all ages.  Sponsors can be certain that their gift boxes will be put to good use by a large number of kids!  Sponsors can target their gift boxes by age, sex, or need. For example, pants size 34-30 (young men), underwear for little girls, tee-shirts for toddlers, socks for all ages, or sweatshirts for teenaged girls. The Safe House can also use books, games, and school supplies at any time of year.
img_4340The Program
Sponsors choose how much to send and how often to send it. We recommend quarterly gift boxes. Here are some sample boxes:
  • Sweatshirt, pair of shoes, socks, shampoo, toothpaste/brush, laundry detergent, a small toy or game (for a child or family).
  • A pound of coffee, a pair of shoes, a coat, a flannel shirt, laundry detergent, a pair of jeans, gloves (for an elder).
  • School supplies, pair of jeans, tee-shirt, hooded sweatshirt, socks, a pair of shoes, and a puzzle (school aged child).
  • Underwear for girls and boys, socks for girls and boys, tee-shirts for girls and boys (Pre-teens in the Safe House).

Notice that none of these sample boxes need to be very expensive. What you give is up to you. We do ask that you commit to a sponsorship for at least a year. 
If you can find it in your budget-and your heart-to become a sponsor, or have questions about the program, please contact Regina Hay   or go directly to the One Spirit web site:  One Spirit