Wopila is Lakota for thank you with all my heart, and Shepherdstown responded to a request for coats for the Lakota Sioux with all its heart.
In October a request was made for coats and other cold weather clothing. Maria’s Taquiera welcomed the WV Women’s March for a one day collection event, and Dickinson and Wait became a drop off point for coats for several weeks. In Charles Town, The Hobby Shop was a drop off point. Over 450 coats, jackets and sweaters were donated, along with bags of gloves, scarves and socks.
Many individuals called with donations, and the Round Hill Art Center, in Purcellville, Va also collected. In early October, my Pennsylvania cousin and I drove 1500 miles, one way, to Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Oceti Wakan, a non-profit organization located on the reservation, accepted your wonderful gifts. It was a trip I will never forget.
They were received with much gratitude. One grandmother (in her early 40s) told us she was raising her 6 grandchildren. “Until you came, I did not know how I was going to provide coats for my grandchildren.” Winter temperatures can go as low as -30 degrees.
One comment we heard many times was “Everything is so beautiful. We aren’t used to getting such nice things.”
Oceti Wakan helps to provide for the needs of the Lakota Sioux. It educates children about their culture and how to deal with the alcoholism and suicide that is prevalent on the reservation.
So once again, Wopila, for your generosity.
If you would like to donate for Christmas gifts for the children, you may do so on line at OcetiWakan.org.
To donate clothing, art supplies, or learn more about how you can help this worthy cause please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.