You can help the Lakota people in the Pine Ridge Reservation with For the Children of Pine Ridge
Two of the questions I’m most often asked about charity knitting are the following. “Where is the need greatest?” and “Who can use what I love to knit?”
When you knit for the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in the United States, you can easily answer both questions.
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.
This is a heartbreaking situation, of course. But it also means that 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.
One unique project is their Monthly Cooking Kits. Not only does it give you the opportunity to gift families with knitted kitchen items, but it also gives you the chance to help families learn to cook delicious, nutritious meals with soup kits. Be sure to check out that thread!
Be sure to read the guidelines offered on the group’s overview page before you begin a project. This will ensure that your project is acceptable and welcome within the Lakota 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!