Poverty is an extreme fact of life for the Lakota people in the Pine Ridge Reservation. Your charity knitting can help
I’ve always found two parts of charity knitting to be particularly challenging. One is finding a place where the need is greatest. Two is figuring out who can use what I most enjoy knitting.
These two parts are easily met when you choose to knit for the Lakota people in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in the United States. The need is so great it’s almost staggering. The vast majority of people living here are unemployed. Poverty is both extensive and pervasive. Many homes have inadequate or no heating, running water, or laundry facilities.
While this is far from a good thing — it’s a heartbreaking situation — this does have an upside for charity knitters. Whatever you want to knit will be gratefully accepted, used, and most likely loved.
The Ravelry group For the Children of Pine Ridge is dedicated to making life a little brighter for this population through their charity knitting.
How You Can Help
For the Children of Pine Ridge encourages anyone who wants to knit for this group of people to “create what makes your heart sing.” So if there’s a particular type of knitting you love, knit it! Your heart of love will mean as much as what you actually knit.
At any time, you can send any finished project to the High Horses in South Dakota; click the link above to the Ravelry group and you’ll find their mailing addresses (for both US mail and UPS or FedEx) posted on their overview page.
If you want or need a bit more guidance, check out the various project threads on the the group’s discussion board. These projects include guidelines and mailing addresses. For instance, at this writing, you’ll find threads for the Wanblee project (which currently accepts summer items), the Sacred Shawl Society project, the Kitchen Project, and and the Dolls and Toys project.
Speaking of guidelines, be sure to read the guidelines offered on the group’s overview page before you begin a project. Lakota people have their own culture, and your project will need to be acceptable within that culture. (These guidelines aren’t at all oppressive, they just need to be kept in mind.)
Are you ready to lend your needles to children and families of Pine Ridge? This is a wonderful opportunity for your charity knitting to make a real difference!