It isn’t even Halloween yet, so I don’t know why I was thinking of this on this particular morning, but I was. Bear with me as I express my deepest and most sincere wish for Christmas.
Like most mothers and grandmothers, I wish I could experience the laughter and squeals of children as they open their gifts. I wish I could see their glowing, excited smiles and the look of magic in their eyes. I wish I could hear the sound of wrapping paper being frantically torn off and see it flying across the room. Yes, I think that is what most adults look forward to on Christmas, but my wish is a bit different.
The children to whom I am referring have never gotten Christmas gifts. Yes, they live right here in the United States, but if they have ever received gifts for Christmas, it has only been once or twice. These children will have probably slept in their coats, if they have one, because their home may be without heat or running water. These children have parents and grandparents who have probably shed a million tears thinking their children would have to do without another Christmas. These children may be lucky if they are having a full hot dinner on Christmas.
These lovely children are Lakota, and live on Pine Ridge Reservation. Those who know me are aware of the fact that I have been involved in Pine Ridge Projects for years. My friend and I have collected, and bought items needed by people on the reservation for several years now. Now, I turn to you, my friends, for a special project.
Not only the children, but many elders could experience a very magical day with just a little effort and cost from others. Keep in mind that some of these elders have gotten few gifts, and many are helping if not completely raising not only their own grandchildren, but other children of the tribe who need homes.
I got word last week of an elder who has taken in 10 tribal children. Like many others on the reservation, they got nothing on Christmas last year. I felt so led to help that I offered assistance. My friend, Rose, and I are going to try to provide at least a little something for them for Christmas. This is where you come in, if your heart leads.
I would feel so blessed if some of you could find it in your hearts to donating one (or more) shoe boxes filled with gifts for a child or an elder. These do not have to be fancy, expensive gifts. You have no idea how much a game of jacks or a deck of cards would mean to them! If you can only pledge one box, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to get your church or other organization involved, I would be thrilled because that would mean even more Lakota can enjoy Christmas.
The exact details are being worked out, and I am speaking with the brothers at the Jesuit organization there as well as others. Please, please pray about this, or if you feel it in your heart to help, then please pledge. We must work quickly to get this done by Christmas time. If you are unfamiliar with Pine Ridge, please read one of the many lenses I have written about it. It is called “Pine Ridge Reservation or Prison Camp”.
Together, we can bring so much joy to so many children and elders with so little on our part. Thank you for reading and please keep the Lakota in mind. May you be richly blessed.
Details will be coming soon, so please watch.
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