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Ruth Carter Stapleton, a prominent Christian evangelist and sister to former President Jimmy Carter, perhaps said it best when she observed, “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” The spirit of the season comes alive when we put aside our own needs and wants to consider how we can best serve others.
Christmas should be a time of magic and joy for children everywhere, but sadly, it is not. Families on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River reservation, as on so many reservations throughout Indian Country, are struggling with budgets that cannot meet basic household needs, much less provide gifts for the Christmas holiday. Their children face adult issues every day, and they have to grow up far too quickly.