Although the last of this season’s autumn leaves have yet to hit the ground, the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, know that the holidays are rapidly approaching. With less than nine weeks to go before Christmas, they are already hard at work on the CRYP Christmas Toy Drive.

The youth project has conducted its annual toy drive for more than a decade. Each year, children write letters to Santa during the fall months, and then CRYP forwards their letters to churches, service groups, individual donors and various organizations for fulfillment.