November 26, 2012
I've been a sponsor to 2 families & an elder for ONE Spirit since October. Since then I have been able to provide food to those I sponsor through their food program. In addition, I've been able to speak directly with the people I am sponsoring and find out what the needs of their family are to ensure that what I send to them is what they need. The boxes sent are care packages filled with clothing, winter gear, blankets, personal hygiene products, household supplies like laundry detergent and other basic necessities. Sending these things helps to stretch what money they do make and helps to lift the financial burden many of these families face. The direct connection with my families and elder aren't just business though. We are forming friendships and I look forward to talking to them. What ONE spirit provides is an essential service for the Lakota people. They are dependable, prompt & friendly. Their dedication and service to the Lakota people on Pine Ridge is helping to promote self sufficiency through work opportunities for the people on the reservation, cultivating intercultural relationship through the bridges they build with people outside of Pine Ridge and preserving the culture, language and spirit of a people who are rich in ways that far surpass monetary means. It has been a true honor and privilege to be a part of a volunteer community that is doing amazing work and allowing me to learn more about the Lakota people who I greatly admire. If you want to get involved with an organization where you control when, where and how much of what you donates goes, ONE Spirit is for you! You can be a part of this ONE Spirit family and help make a difference in the lives of the people on Pine Ridge.
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