This winter on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was typical for the Great Plains of South Dakota: low temperatures in the single digits - with wind chills dropping it well into the negative teens, twenties and thirties - snow showers, and sometimes blizzard-like conditions.
To exacerbate these challenges, many families on Pine Ridge live in substandard housing.
When there is not enough money to pay the electric bill or meet the minimum amount required ($175) to have a propane truck come to their homes to fill the tank, conditions can become life-threatening.
For 20 years, including this past winter, Running Strong for American Indian Youth® has been there assisting thousands of Pine Ridge children, families, and elders with the means necessary to stay warm when the temperatures drop so low.
This year was no different. In January and February, a total of 1,010 families participated in the Running Strong Heat Match program which matched propane refill costs dollar-for-dollar up to $100.
During the several weeks the program was in operation, Running Strong expended a total of $102,100.
Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters! Your generous contributions have ensured that families on Pine Ridge stay warm this winter!