Ever since the first Thanksgiving Day, newcomers and American Indians depended on each other for survival.
The Pilgrims would never have made it through that first winter without the friendship of American Indians.
Yet here we are in 2014 and this coming Thanksgiving Day will be one of great hardship, not celebration, for many Indian children and their families on reservations across the country.
Now you have the chance to help Indian children with THEIR survival.
Too many Indians have not shared in the American dream of better lives for each generation.
During a recent distribution of food boxes on Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation, Billie Rose – our on-site Program Coordinator commented:
“I know how much these food boxes help the families here. I used to be a single mother of eight waiting in line to receive one for my family. So I know how you have helped. Now I get to distribute the food and it is my pleasure! I’m so thankful that we have volunteer that will take the food to the outlying communities – it is so important to so many that cannot come here to receive the food box. For example, there is a family of two adults and 11 children living in a 3 bedroom double-wide trailer. The mother is disabled and the dad has a hard time finding work as they have no vehicle.
Most children attend Takini School and participate in Christian Relief Services’ backpack food program [through its project Running Strong for American Indian Youth®]. The family appreciates the food very much, both the backpack food and the food boxes. The food boxes come at the end of the month, the hardest time for these families and it is full of really healthy food!”
We have a goal of providing 752 turkeys to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and 752 to the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation. That’s 1,504 turkeys that we must begin to plan for now in order to meet the Thanksgiving deadline!