First, let me share that I am posting this thread with Meg's permission. I PMed her first to be sure that this was OK to do. Second, let me introduce myself! Some of you know me from different parts of the PF but mostly from the Coach forum. My name is Teena and I am a Pastor's wife living on an indian reservation in the Northeast corner of South Dakota. The reservation is called the Lake Traverse Reservation home of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. They are the Dakota people which is a band of the Sioux nation. My dh started a ministry called Dakota Sonshine nearly 5 years ago which we use as a way to help meet some of the felt needs on the reservation as well as raise funds to develop a summer camp for those living in poverty on the reservation. Our ministry is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit organization. We have a board of directors which runs the business of the ministry as well as provides accountibility to the ministry and ourselves. The ministry is based out of South Carolina because that is where we lived before we moved to South Dakota to help the kids and families living here. Each winter for more than 7 years, before Dakota Sonshine even existed, we have collected coats or funds to buy coats for kids living here. Well over 1/2 of the children living here live in poverty or they live in homes where there is abuse or neglect on some level. There are many children that go without coats, hats, gloves and scarves each winter. We've handed out socks, shoes, blankets, sheets and towels as well. What is a common item in our own lives is a luxury in the lives of many of these people. This year we have about 100 Christmas gift boxes to hand out in 1 of the 10 housing areas plus we have dozens of coats to hand out but it isn't enough. The need is greater than ever yet our donations are down. We simply do not have enough to hand out to those in need. What we need are any of the following; new or used coats in excellent condition, new socks, hats, gloves and scarves. We could also use gift cards to Walmart or Target where we can purchase items that are needed or buy coats in sizes that we may need but didn't get donated. If you wish to make a financial donation (many individuals are looking for a tax break at this time of year so please consider us!) you may do so as well and will receive a contribution statement for your gift which is deductible on your 2007 taxes if postmarked by December 31st, 2007. Once donations come in and are handed out, I will commit to posting a new thread with pictures of kids getting their new coats! It's always exciting to see pictures of their smiling faces when they get something new! If you are interested in helping please email me and I will send you the appropriate instructions on how to donate. I will have a special email addy set up just for this project. (please see my next thread... I have to set it one up!) Also, check out our website for more of our story at www.dakotasonshine.org It is outdated because we are such a small ministry that we do not have the resources to update the website nor do my dh and I possess the technical know how to do it ourselves! But it will give you the story of who we are! Thanks for listening to me and I hope you'll help me and my dh warm up a kid this winter! For more information or for instructions on making a donation email me at: Dakota Warm Up@aol.com THANKS!