The purpose of the sponsorship programs is to offer modest help directly to Lakota families and individuals on a consistent basis and to foster intercultural friendships. The hope is that by offering this help, the Lakota will be able to reallocate their meager resources toward major costs such as rent, electricity and propane. There are many options in this program and sponsorships can be tailored to fit the needs of both the Lakota and their sponsors. A sponsor may take on a whole family, an elder or just one child.
Below are some options.
One Spirit feeds about 300 Lakota families each month, with our End Hunger Program but there are many families who have asked for food but have no sponsor.
Becoming a food sponsor to a family would mean donating $65.00 each month to provide the family with a box of fresh meat, fruit and vegetables delivered on the last Saturday of the month (except for holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter when we deliver the Saturday before these holidays.)
Sponsorship of an Elder
Elders on Pine Ridge often lead a difficult life because of poor housing conditions, lack of resources, and responsibilities to care for grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Some items elders appreciate and may ask for are: coffee, warm sweatshirts, shoes, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, pantry staples and toilet paper.
Sponsorship of a Child or Family
Families on Pine Ridge share everything. Clothing is passed around, and toys are shared by everyone. Families may ask for help with seasonal clothing changes, laundry detergent, shampoo and bath soap, toilet paper, toothbrushes and paste, coats, shoes, and socks. Household items, such as sheets and towels are also welcome.
Some frequent requests for a sponsored child might be a warm coat, back pack and school supplies, or new shoes. Sponsors usually send the child a small gift for birthdays and Christmas.