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This month's Food Day is scheduled for:
Saturday, December 21st
The last day to submit food orders is:
Friday, December 13th
If you would like to donate to the many people who don't have sponsors but desperately need food, we will need to order based on available funds by:
Sunday, December 15th
Please email your food selections to Diane Capalario today.
Due to an unexpected emergency, one of our regular food program coordinators- Donna - will not be able to assist with this order, so please send all orders to Diane at the above address. As she will be handling the entire task alone this month, please send your selections as soon as possible so she may process them in time. We thank you
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Give the Gift Of Food- December Food Program
In November, One Spirit donated 1000 turkeys for the Thanksgiving holidays. We have been asked to give turkeys again this month. Without our help, food will be in short supply this holiday season.
Our regular food distribution will take place on Saturday December 21st. Can you help us buy turkeys for 1000 additional families – turkeys that will be shared to feed more than 8000 people. The additional turkeys will again cost $12 each.
To help families stretch their food, we are distributing 20lbs of potatoes to each family and will include in the food boxes both a turkey and a ham.
One Spirit is committed to ending the widespread hunger on Pine Ridge Reservation. In 2014, we will establish food banks that will maintain the same quality of food we now distribute but the food will be more readily available when needed. The food bank will also begin to provide buffalo meat harvested from herds on the reservation. Our goal is a self-sustaining program that will make food available on an ongoing basis.
The cost for a food box is $65
Christmas is fast approaching, as evidenced by the festive decorations, advertisements and holiday music that greet us everywhere we go, reminding us to share in the holiday spirit of giving, and spend time with our loved ones. As many of us prepare for family celebrations, let us remember our Lakota friends who are struggling this winter. There are many ways to help, such as buying a food box or turkey for a family, purchasing wood to keep a household warm, or donating winter wear, clothes or toys for children in the safe house. Throughout the next days, we will be sharing even more ways to help.
Keeping Our Promises When Others Fail To
From Janice McMichael, A One Spirit Supporter
Have you ever got all “dolled up”, maybe bought a new outfit, spent the better part of the day getting ready, and were so excited about someone promising you they were coming over to take you to dinner? Then the time comes and goes from when they said they would be there, and they don’t show up? At first you brush it off to the fact that they must be running late. Then an hour goes by and you start to get that sinking, awful feeling in the pit of your stomach and you realize that they may not show up. After about three hours, all your excitement is drained, and you give up all hope now they are going to come. No apologetic phone call, nothing. You feel absolutely horrible, crushed, defeated and hungry.
Now take that painful feeling and imagine it a thousand times worse. Next take that experience over a period of time, let’s say, over a 100 years! That is how many Native Americans feel most of the time, defeated and just plain hungry.
Even after the end of the governmental shut down, most reservations continue to feel the effects of lost income, child and senior programs, medical help, and the loss of much needed food which will continue indefinitely. It is truly unimaginable and unconscionable.
So while the government deals with the back log of the shutdown, we need to help. Let us share what we can spare and give generously today. Let us not leave a child staring in despair out a window, or an elder wondering if today he/she would be able to get his/her medicine.
Let now be the time we actually show up, like we promised, and give a struggling family dinner.
You Can Help
By purchasing a food box or a turkey for a needy Lakota family. Food delivery is scheduled for December 21st, and orders need to be placed no later than this Friday, December 13th. If you are sending money by mail, please notify us by this date so we can place food orders.
Please Note: The single turkeys are in addition to our normal program, and will be distributed by the tribe to families most in need. Many of these families will be other than those already participating in our food program, so you won't be able to specify a particular family. However, food boxes contain a turkey, and can be ordered for specific families.
This year in December we offer 7 items to be raffled off. Each $5 donation will qualify for a raffle ticket. All donations will go to Oglala Sioux Tribal Members in need of Wood, Food etc….This is an emergency and we need to get wood and food to tribal members asap.
So this will be a 7 days raffle and 7 items will be shipped to 7 winners on December 16th priority mail and you should get it by Christmas! What a unique one of a kind handmade by Prisoners at Jameson Prison in South Dakota.
The dream catcher has a hoop and a spider like web in the inside. It symbolizes our unity and how we are all connected and related to each other. It is said to catch the good dreams and let them fall down to the dreamer and let the bad dreams go through.
These items have all been blessed and prayed for to bring good thoughts and dreams to their owner. Normally they retail from $100 to $200 a piece. Good Luck
Watch this video to see each item in detail:
Mitakuye Oyasin – We are all related.
Your Help is Urgently Needed
There is an urgent need for wood in homes on the reservation. Temperatures are below freezing in the daytime and in single digits and below zero at night. Urgent requests are coming in from elders and families whose only source of heat is a wood stove and there is no wood. 2000 dollars would allow us to deliver 15 loads of wood to homes where the need is most critical.
Please donate what you can to help - all of every donation will go to the wood program.
OST Honors Team One Spirit
As the buffalo soup cooked all day, the OST tribal vice president Tom Poor Bear was preparing his words. The day had come and a dream lived, with family and friends in attendance Team One Spirit received the highest honor from the OST officials. During the marathon it was with great pride to see the Lakota Five featured segment during action at the marathon. It was proof that dreams do come true. Team One Spirit received a special honoring from the OST Vice Presidents office on behalf of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. A traditional meal was cooked over the open fire and buffalo soup was served. The buffalo meat was donated by Kevin Hancock who is a friend of the Lakota. After becoming the first Lakota Marathon team to run in the ING New York Marathon and making the tribe proud, each runner received a hand stitched star quilt and a tribal flag.
From left to right: Irv Provost*, Nupa White Plume, Amanda Carlow, Alex Wilson, Dale Pine, Tom Poor Bear**, Scott Weston***
Tom Poor Bear was in attendance and gave a nice talk of being proud of the runners and he also spoke of his time as a runner. Percy White Plume also spoke of the pride and hope it gave our people in seeing our runners in the marathon. Other tribal officials in attendance were Scott Weston and Irving Provost. The day was without two runners Turning Heart and Good Lance who were unable to attend. The traditional hand shake and big hugs of pride would warm Billy Mills hall. There was no better place to celebrate and welcome home our runners then the “hall” in Pine Ridge South Dakota and named after our hero Billy Mills Olympic champion. Team One Spirit now bringing back the spirit of running and living healthy has started a running program on the reservation. There will be a Run in December TBA. Go Team One Spirit the pride of the Lakota Nation!
*Irv Provost is OST Councilman from Pine Ridge and Chairman of the Finance Committee
**Tom Poor Bear is Vice President of the Tribe
***Scott Weston is OST Councilman from Porcupine.