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Help Kids Have Coats This Winter

12/15/16 under Basic Needs Seasonal Programs



As 2016 comes to a close, a frigid arctic blast is making its way across the Great Plains. The forecast for the next 10 days calls for low temperatures in the negative teens, and snow.

Operation Snowsuit on Giving Tuesday was a great success, but the need for warm clothing continues as more programs have reached out to us looking for coats.

And as we have for decades, Running Strong for American Indian Youth® has been providing thousands of children with heavy winter coats, hats and gloves, scarves.  We also started sending sturdy winter boots last year, to keep their little feet warm and dry no matter the conditions outside.

A heavy coat, boots, and other winter wear is so important for kids during the cold days of winter, who have to wait outside for the bus in sub-freezing temperatures. There are too many children who go outside in worn-out, threadbare outerwear.

It’s not too late to help. Winter has just begun and freezing temperatures on the Pine Ridge Indian and Cheyenne River Sioux reservations will last until March.

Learn more about our winter wear programs, and help kids stay warm.

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