Every year, we supply families of the Pine Ridge Reservation and Black Hills communities with giveaways. Each child gets 3 gifts, a winter coat, boots, hat, gloves, and a bag of clothes. Each family also gets 2 boxes of food.
100% of donations recieved go towards helping the people. This organization is run by volunteers.
It began years ago, when we started receiving requests from the reservation parents to help them supply Christmas presents for their children. It is important to understand that many of the people on the reservations are struggling.
For children who live in households where even food is scarce, Christmas presents are a luxury that can only be wished for. These children might see kids from other families with presents, but never have hope for many of their own. This kind of situation gradually erodes a young child’s self-esteem. Our hope at the Hochoka Healing Center is that through our bringing an abundance of presents and goodies into their homes, these children will feel the Creator’s love for them.
Since, one of our Hochoka Healing Center ceremonial sites is located in Hot Springs, SD, near the Pine Ridge Reservation; we receive requests for help of all kinds. But, making kids happy at Christmas has been one of our most satisfying charitable endeavors.