(continued) Families living on American Indian Reservations and in Appalachia –a region extending from New York to Mississippi –face extreme poverty. It’s not a matter of uncontrollable spending, but of homes without running water or electricity, families without food, and children without warm clothes, shoes and access to basic health care.
Running Strong for American Indian Youth®, funds several programs on the most impoverished Indian Reservations. The program supplies basic school supplies like back packs, pens, paper, pencils, scissors, crayons, erasers, glue, rulers, sharpeners and notebooks to children in need. In 2007, Running Strong donated school supplies to 2,625 children in seven states. Running Strong’s Back-Pack Food Program at the Takini School on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation makes sure that children do not go hungry on weekends, when they don’t eat a meal at school. Every Friday, volunteers fill 200 children’s back packs with food. During the Summer when school is out, we provide lunch meals every day.
In Appalachia, Christian Relief Services’ affiliate, Americans Helping Americans® takes children shopping for new shoes. As a result, over 1,212 children enjoy a warmer, safer walk to school. Parents shopping for back-to-school supplies might want to consider using last year’s lunchbox or back pack, and trying to donate a similar amount to one of our partners working to improve the lives of America’s most impoverished schoolchildren.
For more information, visit www.indianyouth.org or www.helpingamericans.org or make a Donation to Christian Relief Services in support of our American Indian Programs or our Domestic Relief and Self Help Programs.