Pine Ridge Reservation is virtually a Third World nation in our own back yard. The residents of Pine Ridge are some of the most impoverished in the United States. Added to their poverty is some of the most extreme winter weather in the lower 48 states. Severe winds howl across the plains. Winters bring bitter cold with temperatures reaching -50°F or lower. Over 39% of the homes on Pine Ridge Reservation have no electricity and generally lack adequate insulation. Few homes have a central heating unit, relying on space heaters or wood burning stoves. Each year numerous elderly die from hypothermia.
In November 2011, Spirited Heart distributed over 6,000 blankets and about nearly 100 space heaters to the residents of Pine Ridge. And while the residents were very thankful for this assistance, it was but a fraction of the help that is needed.
This November, Spirited Heart will once again be delivering blankets, space heaters and winter clothing to these very needy people. But this year we are also constructing “Solar Heat Boxes” to help the residents meet their winter heating needs.
These solar heat boxes use a simple design to deliver free solar heat to supplement whatever minimal heating system is already present in the homes. Some homes will have two or more solar heat boxes installed.
We CARE!! Spirited Heart needs your help in accomplishing these goals. We are looking for financial gifts so we can purchase:
- materials to build new homes
- land outside of the Reservation.
- materials to build a new ministry center on land we own near the reservation.
- building materials for refurbishing houses
- materials to build a storage facility
We need the following donated items to distribute to the most needy:
- Space Heaters
- Warm clothing
- Mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUSITY!!!