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October 21, 2013

ROSEBUD SICANGU LAKOTA GIVE AWAY SUCCESS

We wanted to update you on our latest trip to the Rosebud Sicangu Lakota Reservation in South Dakota, October 6-12, 2013.  We had a nice caravan of cars, trucks, trailers, vans and box truck carting the many items donated to us by so many generous donors.

A quick snapshot of what we had included the following:

  • Six sets of twin bed mattresses, box springs, and bed frames in excellent condition,
  • Over 100 formal gowns for spring proms,
  • Dozens of warm coats for men, women, and children,
  • Many new shoes and boots,
  • Comforters, pillows, bedsheet sets,  and bath towels,
  • Warm sweaters of all sizes,
  • School supplies and stuffed animals for the little ones,
  • Dozens of pairs of new socks and underclothing,
  • A large screen TV donated to the veterans on the reservation,
  • An enamel woodburning stove from Finland,
  • A wrought iron patio/dining room table with eight chairs,
  • Dressers, mirrors, side tables, comfy chairs for relaxing,
  • A kerosene stove,
  • Another dining room table and chairs,
  • A 27″ Sony TV,
  • A multitude of clothing items (many new)  for men, women, and children,
  • And, an especially nice selection of beautiful warm coats and jackets for men.

Of course, we had much more than can be remembered here. Unfortunately, we had no sleeping bags this season, which we will concentrate on for our 2014 trip to the Pine Ridge, also in South Dakota.

Midweek found 3 feet of snow in the Black Hills and the last day we had 70 mph straight winds and rain, but the weather for the Giveaway was sunny and mild so it was a good day for lots of people to get out and come to inspect our collection and take what they needed.

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Several hundred came through our doors at the Barry Greenstein Gymnasium and as usual, when we opened the doors at 8:45 a.m., the room was quite bare by noon. We have noted that those folks who have health issues or problems getting out come later when the supply of items is at its lowest, and we feel badly about this. This is not the first time that we have noted that this has happened and will get this sorted out by next year’s trip.

We thank you all, and appreciate the help from President Cyril Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, his Administrative Assistant, Wilma Robertson, and Teddy Rae Herman-Rogers, her beautiful daughters and friend Raechel Rae Herman and Ariana Herman-Waln and Dawn Rae Waln, in helping us find the space and assistance we needed for the event. And to Mr. Joseph Standing Bear Schranz and Janet Sevilla of Midwest SOARRING Foundation who helped us with so many beautiful donations of goods at their September Harvest Pow Wow. I have never done so much inspecting and folding in my life!

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Others whose efforts made our trip such a success include Frank and Carol Jackowiak,  Suki Nax, Herb Orth, Greta Brower, Charles Williams, Ms. Arleigh Smyrnois, The Phil Bosma Family, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anderson,  Pat and Dave Riegel, Mrs. Cheryl Arra Gatto, and Joe Chulpsa. Each either joined us on the trip to South Dakota, and/or contributed their time to loading the trucks, sorting and packing boxes, and in many cases purchasing and donating many of the items for the Give Away. For those who joined up with us ~ whom we could not have brought this off this year, our deepest thanks for making this trip so really very special.

It was wonderful getting to know some new people interested in our endeavor with the same passion we have. We hope and pray you will join us again and welcome more folks on board for the future. For those who have traveled with us in the past, we missed you and we hope you can join us again in 2014. For those who traveled with us in our recent adventure, thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your generosities. Please don’t make this trip your last one! And spread the word! We always need more help in all ways mentioned!

We wish to thank ALL who generously donated impeccable goods and clothing, time and money to keep making these trips to Pine Ridge and Rosebud, South Dakota happen successfully, year after year. We coul_ITPbedding-6825-cropd NOT do this without you ~ in fact, we need more volunteers to help us bring off what has become a “looked forward to” expedition and function. The joy we receive in being able to expedite these big loads of goods to folks who may need them were received in the same spirit ~ we found many warm smiles, thank you’s, and God’s Blessings our way from the Rosebud citizens who trekked out and took advantage of our supplies ~ which we love to hear and love to help as well. View photos from the 2013 Give Away.

Wopila tanka! Wokan Tanka Kici Un! (Many thanks and May God Bless! ~ Lakota)

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

For remarks  from those who joined us in our October, 2013 trip, stay tuned to our next news post!

 

 

January 7, 2013

YOUR DONATIONS MAKE OUR GIVE AWAYS POSSIBLE

Hello Everyone!
We can’t thank you all enough for teaming up with us and stepping up to the plate to help us get much needed items out to the citizens on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. It has been wonderful! Monitary donations helps us rent the truck, get rooms overnight, and pay for the fuel and food. We thought you’d enjoy seeing how we set up for our Give Aways, usually at a church or school gymnasium.

The following video shows the Give Away at the Veterans Gymnasium on the Rosebud Sicangu Lakota Sioux Tribe in Mission, South Dakota this past Oct. 6, 2012.

It was wonderful! Everything was top quality. Please don’t forget about us for our 2013 Give Away. We now have enough right now to fill one half of a moving van.

We discovered sleeping bags were a much needed item so we’re collecting sleeping bags now. Please help us meet our goal of 1,000 warm sleeping bags. This past year Excel Extreme Sports gave us a special price for their irregular bags, whether they were single or double. As they only charged us $10 per bag we took literally hundreds of sleeping bags, blankets, comforters, and teddy bears out to the Rosebud Reservation.

We also thank our team on the Rosebud and those who came with us to help set up in Michigan, as well as unloading the truck in South Dakota.

Gratefully,
Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

October 21, 2012

SENSATIONAL GIVE AWAY FOR ROSEBUD LAKOTA SIOUX TRIBE

Hello Everyone!

An update from our most recent excursion out to the Rosebud Sicangu Lakota Sioux Tribe in Rosebud, South Dakota.

In short, it was the most successful Give Away we have ever had ~ it was indeed “GRAND”! Our Board of Directors gives great thanks to Pat Riegel, Randy Morris and Brittany Campbell from the First Assembly of God Church in Kalamazoo, and Ms. Joanna White Bark from Sandwich, Illinois,selflessly donated their time and HARD WORK in our setup on October 5, and Sharon Swift on the Rosebud, and Teddie Rae (Herman) Rogers and her husband, Stan, and to all of the rest of the small army of those from the Rosebud who assisted us with keys to open doors and turn on lights at the Veteran’s Gymnasium, swing the bleachers around to be used as shelving and helped oversee the function for their people on the Rosebud, as well as the Rosebud Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Richard Bad Milk, and Rosebud Sioux Tribe President, Mr. Cyril Scott and so many others whom we met and helped us tremendously seeing to our every need.

It is hard to list all of the beautiful things we had to carry out to Rosebud by truck and trailer to give to the people of the Rosebud Tribe. BUT, among these were:

Hundreds upon hundreds of hand knit wool caps, ear protectors, mittens, and neck scarves, (literally huge leaf bags full of these items) ~Shoes, socks, underclothing, shirts, blouses, sweaters, skirts, coats, lined raincoats, suits, hundreds of infant and baby wear, baby blankets, toys and books for all ages of children, games and puzzles, CD’s and DVD’s of history of the Sioux Peoples and Great Chiefs, school supplies donated by retiring teachers, all manner of notebooks, paper, scissors, crayons, pens, pencils, and on and on.

Thanks to the contributions of so many people, we were able to purchase or have donated by very generous donors, wonderful sleeping bags, extra warm for the frigid South Dakota winters on the high plains. We had literally hundreds of sleeping bags which were raffled off to the crowd by Mr. Dave Riegel.

We had TV’s, firepits, toasters, christmas trees and hundreds of beautiful ornaments, flannel sheet sets, sheet sets for both queen and twin beds, comforters, over 100 blankets, afghans, quilts, throws, shawls,bedspreads, good mattress pads and again more comforters stacked pile high.

We made use of all of the bleachers in the gymnasium as shelves on both sides of the gymnasium and not a square inch of any of them was spared because of all of your beautiful contributions and selfless generosity.

We had stacks and stacks of tee shirts, denim blue jeans of all sizes, men’s and women’s clothing, clothing for teens and little tots. Among these were snowsuits for children and winter jackets and coats for all ages, all in fabulous condition. Mrs. Karen Southland donated dozens of Kika Paprika women’s wear from her fabulous collection of natural clothing made in California. I have several pieces of her clothing and of all things, they are made from re-cycled plastic bottles, and however they do it, these pieces are among some of the prettiest and soft pieces you could ever wear. They are beautiful. And of course, they, being in packages, were quickly snatched up by the ladies!

We also had more chairs donated by the Comfort Inn in Plainwell and many fine pieces of clothing donated by Stadium and Washwell Cleaners in Plainwell and Kalamazoo, already dry cleaned and given to us to take to South Dakota. These particular beautiful and cleaned items were those which for some reason, were never picked up, after hanging at the cleaners in their garment bags, for a year. We were the lucky recipients of their generosity again this year.

We also had boxes of hygiene lotions, toothpaste, toothbrushes in packages, shampoo and conditioner, and aspirin and cough medicine from generous traveling contributors who emptied their collections by giving them to us to take to South Dakota.

And we had over hundreds and hundreds of new teddy bears, many of them donated by Michigan State University on a “Teddy Bear Drive” directed by Mr. Mark Terman, Vice President of Principle Gifts and his entire department pitched in! Every child who attended was given a precious new little bear, of which came in many sizes as did the children.

We also had a heaters donated and a new chain saw for cutting wood for winter warmth. We even had a lovely jewelry collection which the ladies enjoyed plus a computer, tools, sporting goods such as bats and soft balls, tennis racket and balls, skis, and lastly, a collection of walking canes to steady the walking of some of the folks. And yes, we also had a lovely little girl’s tricycle in the mix as well. So, just about anything you would use or wear, we would love to organize, pack, and take with us.

I cannot describe the high standard of goods contributed by the wonderful donors who support us, with our work with the beautiful people on the Rosebud Sicangu Lakota Sioux Tribe and the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux out in South Dakota. I think by now, everyone who donates goods to our cause knows that we accept only the best items, either new or gently worn without showing wear, spots, tears, and stains. We are proud of the high standards of donated items we receive and it makes us proud to share them with our Sioux brothers and sisters. Anything that you would sell in a garage sale is something we would probably want to take out to South Dakota. And the reason we take these items out is that we love to see the faces of the folks who receive them. It is a most heart-warming experience.

And, of course, as this function is never ending, we start all over again, preparing for next year’s Grand Give Away. So our word goes out to you to please look through your closets and basements and garages for clothing to tools, that perhaps you no longer wear, or haven’t worn in a year or so, or things you feel you may no longer be needing.

We do not have our date set yet for next year, but we will be going again, for the 6th time, to take to the needy. And I always hate to ask but we need financial contributions as well to help offset the rental of the truck, the diesel fuel, automobile fuel, and overnight costs. Other than this, none of us takes a penny for ourselves. Our Foundation is entirely volunteer, not only of time but also of our money. But donations surely do help us. The economy has been hard on the recipients of our Give Aways, and for those doing the work, setting up, collecting, storing and all manner of extra things which come up.

I know we are going into the Christmas Season and money comes hard but please do try to think of us at whatever time you feel you can support us, either with goods or finances.

Thanks to all of you from the bottoms of our hearts and from the grateful citizens of the Lakota Sicangu Sioux Tribe in Rosebud, South Dakota. They really are great, warm, loving people!

Again, our sincere thanks for making this Give Away, Oct. 6, 2012, the best one we have ever had the joy to bring to South Dakota. We have beautiful photographs which will be posted to our website and sent to each of you so that you can see for yourself the “department store” atmosphere we created on the Rosebud at the Veteran’s Gymnasium with the items that you, yourself/yourselves donated to the Give Away.

With Sincere Thanks,

Cynthia J. Hicks-Orth (Cindy) / Plainwell, Michigan

Dave Riegel, Vice President / Plainwell, Michigan

Cheryl Arra Gatto, Vice President / Naperville, Illinois

Nancy Levy / Golden, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 1, 2012

OCTOBER 2013 GIVEAWAY ON ROSEBUD RESERVATION

Hello Friends of Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.,

We are preparing to leave for the Rosebud Lakota Sicangu Sioux Reservation with a truck loaded down with sleeping bags, wonderful clothing, blankets, coats, household goods, and stuffed animals and teddy bears for the little tots.

The Grand Give Away will be held at the Veteran’s Gymnasium next Saturday, October 6, 2012. We are expecting a huge turnout and I believe we have more items for the good folks on the Rosebud than we have had in prior years, and both 2010 and 2011, when we had more than 20,000 items. We will also be serving refreshments.

Hoping our weather will be as good as the projected turn-out! We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. We thank everyone who has contributed to our annual Give Away.

Pilamaya Wopila Tanka (that’s ” many thanks” in Lakota)
and Wokan Tanka Kici Un (May God Bless.)

Gratefully,
Cynthia J. Hicks-Orth (Cindy)
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.
232 Spruceview Drive
Plainwell, Michigan 49080

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

 

 

August 30, 2012

HELP US TO PURCHASE WARM SLEEPING BAGS

One of our Giving Back To Wounded Knee board members has found a deal on irregular outdoor sleeping bags. We have a chance to obtain (buy) 616 cold weather sleeping bags for $8 per bag! At the recent Ransom, Michigan library presentation on the Massacre at Wounded Knee we raised $2,000. Yet, we need to raise $2000 more. We need to pay for our rental truck, food, fuel, and rooms for Give Away trip to the Rosebud Reservation at the end of month. One of our board members was willing to kick in $1, 000 more to get us at $3,000 but we still need to raise an additional $2,000.

Will you help us? If just 20 people send us $100 each, we can take out 700 sleeping bags that would warm two whole communities on the Rosebud or Pine Ridge! That ALMOST gets us to our goal of 1000 bags! If 40 people donate $50 each, that makes is more affordable for more people.

Giving Back To Wounded Knee receives the sleeping bags when we send in the money, in bulk, or we don’t get the deal.  We have about 25 or 30 bags ready to take with us, donated, right now, some gently used. But can you imagine if we can 700 bags out there to keep people warm!

If you would like to donate money to this worthwhile cause please visit our shopping list page.  Click on the donate button a the bottom of the page.

We appreciate your support.

WOPILA TANKA. WOKAN TANKA KICI UN!
Many thanks and God Bless You in Lakota.

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

 


August 27, 2012

FINALIZING PLANS FOR ROSEBUD GIVEAWAY

Our journey to the Rosebud Reservation has been postponed by a few weeks. We want to be out there for our HUGE GRAND GIVE AWAY no later than the first week in October.  Our trip was originally scheduled for the 2nd full moon of the month of August, the “Blue Moon” known by the whites.  This spiritual celestial experience is known as the Spiritual Ancestral Moon by the American Indians in which they call to the ancestors and celebrate their heritage of those already crossed over.  But circumstances are such that we must reschedule. Please see our next news post as to when we nail down the date.

Our goal continues to be to collect over 1,000+ sleeping bags good to -20 degrees. If you would like to donate a warm sleeping bag we are still collecting them! We have 3500 brand new teddy bears and little bed buddies for the children who are ages 1 – 9.

WOPILA TANKA. WOKAN TANKA KICI UN!
Many thanks and God Bless You in Lakota.

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

June 1, 2012

ALL SET FOR AUGUST TRIP TO SOUTH DAKOTA

Greetings! Here we are getting ready to make the annual Give Away trip to South Dakota. The garage is no longer full of soft, cuddly animals. Garage with teddy bearsInstead they are packed in storage awaiting the countdown to August 25, 2012 when we depart for the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.

Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation is bringing 3,000 of the most darling  teddy bears for the children along with other supplies, clothing, and many sleeping bags.

We are looking forward to seeing many old friends and meeting new ones.

WOPILA TANKA. WOKAN TANKA KICI UN!
Many thanks and God Bless You in Lakota.

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

 

May 25, 2012

HAU!

How can we EVER THANK YOU ALL for your beautiful participation and donations in the way of our call out for TEDDY BEARS and SLEEPING BAGS! Although we didn’t get as many sleeping bags as we need, (I know we’re all hurting with this econony and the good sleeping bags are very expensive) our goal was 1,000 Teddy Bears and over 3,000 of the most beautiful little cuddly bears came in from all over the country!! We will post photos of them on our site! They were SO funny, we set them up on the largest tarp possible in our garage and lined them all up in rows and they spilled out into the driveway.

It looked as though they were all watching a sporting event or a lecture, all different shapes of heads, colors, designs, big, medium, little, even giant bears to tiny bears, and most of them brand new! Those that were not had to be out of the precious collections of folks who have a tender heart and were simplifying their lives by giving us the bears because they knew we would hand them out to the little Lakotal children in person when we take our trip to the Rosebud in South Dakota in August.

To each and every person who sent us a donation, we give our deepest and greatest heartfelt thanks. The children will LOVE these sweet little bears! One wonderful lady, Diane, sent us 75 brand new bears! Another Juvenile Court Judge in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Honorable Timothy Irwin, sent us 150 wonderful soft cuddly animals. After he looked over our website, he could see the exceeding need we have been trying to fulfill ~ and passed some greatly needed little softies onto us for distribution on the Reservation.

Thank you ALL for your most generous participation and giving to these special people and children out on the High Plains.

Pilamaya Wopila Tanka (that’s ” many thanks” in Lakota)
and Wokan Tanka Kici Un (May God Bless.)

Gratefully,
Cynthia J. Hicks-Orth (Cindy)
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.
232 Spruceview Drive
Plainwell, Michigan 49080

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

May 21, 2012

ENJOY THE FUN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Hello Everybody!  We have beary beary important news for you!  Before your eyes, you will see the result of our call for teddy bears for the young children of the Rosebud Lakota Sious and Pine Riege Oglala Sioux Reservation for the end of the summer.  This is so that every child can have a cuddly, huggable bear buddy.  They will be handed out personally.  We will be on our late summer Give-Away trip to South Dakota late August.

Additionally, we put together dozen soft balls, both sizes, 9 or 10 leather catcher’s mitts, and a beautiful bat from ebay!  So we are supporting some softball teams on the Pine Ridge as well!

Also, we just ended a “call for bathtowels and facecloths” so 150 kids, ages 9-19 can go to camp over Memorial Day from the Pine Ridge Reservation.  We we called for help and over 150 sets came in.  We freighted them out May 15 so that everyone would have his towel and two face cloths and that no one would be left behind.

Hey!  This is fun!  You should get in on this with us and help us to make everyone’s life as comfortable and fun as possible!  Thank you for ALL YOU DONORS have done, always responding!  It is fun to make a difference in everyone’s life!

REMEMBER, STAND TOGETHER!  WANJILA NAJIMPI!  HELP ONE ANOTHER!  OKICIYAPI!

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

May 12, 2012

YOU DID IT!

Hey, friends of Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation. You did it!

We have received 150 beautiful quality bath towels and 300 face cloths for the 150 youth who will now be able to attend camp outside the reservation in Keystone, South Dakota. Nobody will be left out! We thank you so much.

These kids will have a beautiful camping experience and make memories for a life over the Memorial Day weekend. We owe such thanks to all of you who made this possible. The opportunity to attend camp is out of reach for so many,  and for so many reason, yet, your generosity made it possible.

Thank you. Thank you, Thank you!

WOPILA TANKA. WOKAN TANKA KICI UN!
Many thanks and God Bless You in Lakota.

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

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