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Thanks to our Christmas service, Peter enjoys some holiday cheer.

Read about Peter's holiday

For millions of Americans, the holiday season is a time of joyous celebrations filled with food, friends, and presents. For Native Americans of the Northern Plains, however, the holidays often only accentuate their daily struggles. Most find it difficult to provide even the most basic food and clothing for their families; special holiday meals and gifts are simply out of the question.

AIRC and our Program Partners step in to make the holidays merry and bright for these deserving Native American families.  Thanks to our generous donors and an army of local volunteers, we are able to distribute some 10,000 Christmas stockings, gift bags, and fruit baskets each year.

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AIRC staff and volunteers work 12-hour days for a week to stuff thousands of Christmas stockings for Native American youngsters and Elders.

Stockings, Bags, and Boxes
Each child receives a toy plus a stocking filled to the brim with gifts like mittens, pencils, crayons, coloring books, fresh fruit, and a toothbrush and toothpaste.  Every stocking bears a tag recognizing a donor who has helped make the AIRC Christmas service possible.

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For many Native American children, new toys
are a rare treat.

Santa's littlest angels receive warm blankets and cuddly toys.

Infants and teens are not overlooked, of course.  Santa's baby sacks typically include a warm blanket, a new toy, and a cuddly stuffed animal while teens welcome gifts of toiletries and skin care products.

For the "young at heart," AIRC staff and volunteers assemble stockings for Elders containing items such as toiletries, warm socks, gloves, and a flashlight.  Each Elder on the Rosebud Reservation also receives a box of fresh fruit, which is a special treat in the cold winter months.

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“We send bountiful blessings to all those at AIRC, the sponsors, and each life you all touch in such a generous and profound way.  Merry Christmas!”

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