Thanks to our Christmas service, Charity enjoys some holiday cheer.
For millions of Americans, the holiday season is a time of joyous celebrations filled with food, friends, and presents. Yet, for many Native Americans families across the Northern Plains, the holidays often only accentuate their daily struggles. Many find it difficult to provide even the most basic food and clothing for their families; special holiday meals and gifts can be out of the question.
NPRA 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 to thousands of recipients Christmas stockings, gift bags, or fruit baskets each year.
NPRA 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 practical gifts like mittens, pencils, crayons, coloring books, and a toothbrush and toothpaste. Often the stocking bears a tag recognizing a donor who has helped make the NPRA Christmas service possible.
For many Native American children, new toys are a rare treat.
Nor are infants and teens overlooked. 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," our staff and volunteers assemble stockings for Elders containing items such as toiletries, warm socks, gloves, and a flashlight. Elders on the Rosebud Reservation and Pine Ridge Reservation often also receive a box of fresh fruit, which is a special treat for the cold winter months.
Service category: Holiday