For the Holidays – for everyday of the year
This year, One Spirit is asking that you consider reaching out to a child on Pine Ridge, to let them know we are all in this together.
Take a look at the list of kids and the things they would like for Christmas. They do not ask for the moon, mostly just day to day, useful things that would help make their lives a bit easier and a bit happier, knowing you are in their corner.
Oglala County, South Dakota, home to the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge reservation, is the poorest county in the United States. There is very little infrastructure, high unemployment and the usual assortment of social ills that goes along with any population when a large percentage of that population views the “official” poverty level income as a lofty aspiration. This much is true, but it does not encompass the whole truth.
Behind that surface lies a deeper and more compelling story, told in the eyes of the Lakota people, in their laughter, in their warmth and in the love and respect most hold for each other as one family. The Lakota and other Native people have been treated harshly, pushed aside and ignored, despite which most of the Lakota extend their compassion to the entire human family and to the planet we all share. That is their way, in essence identical to the universal love and empathy taught by the carpenter from Galilee, by the Buddha and by all those who try to enlighten and enliven our moral conscience.
The Lakota people are not an exotic curiosity. They are living their lives, just as you and I, from one day to the next. They are proud and they have endured. The kids have fun, play sports, watch video games and irritate their elders, just like any other kid. These folks are our neighbors, our brothers and sisters. We should treat them with the love and respect we expect for ourselves. Let them know we care. That thought counts.
Let the children on this list hear from you: OKINI CHRISTMAS LIST
She will send you the name and address to send the gift directly to the family home.