Christmas 2008- Our partners were hard at work this holiday season bringing holiday cheer to American Indian youth across the country. A total of 3,520 toys were delivered on Indian Reservations across the country this Christmas along with thousands of blankets, new winter coats and new shoes! These turbulent times strained many families this holiday season, making presents and parties seem like an impossible luxury, but with your help we were still able to make Christmas miracles. For many children, the gifts they received from our programs at Christmas were the only presents under the tree if they were able to afford one. We are always amazed to hear how your generosity multiplies on the reservation. One of our programs in Montana said it best when describing their visits to local elementary schools with a gift for each student, “Of course the kids are happy to get a present, but I can see it in their little faces that their spirits are uplifted. Some of the kids tell us that they want to give their present to a parent.” This simple wish of a child to share their feelings of joy with others reminds us what the season is all about.
This Christmas we distributed toys to:
The Crow Reservation, Montana – 500 toys
The Navajo Reservation, New Mexico – 400 toys
The Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota – 300 toys
The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota – 700 toys
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and surrounding areas, South Dakota – 1620 toys
That’s 3,520 toys!
In addition to presents, Running Strong and Christian Relief Services are making sure children stay warm this winter with brand new hooded coats, shoes and war woolen blankets! Overall we distributed 3,100 coats, 2,676 shoes and 2,974 blankets to families in Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.