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Monthly Archives: November 2014

400+ Christmas Toy Drive Letters Still Need Good Homes!

It’s the last week of November, and that means the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® have just four weeks to fulfill the Christmas wishes of 1,500 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. More than 1,000 letters have already been adopted by generous supporters, yet more remains to be done.

“We still have more than 400 ‘Dear Santa’ letters that need to be adopted,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “That means we still need to take care of 400 children who wrote heartfelt letters in the hope that this Christmas would be filled with hope, joy, and a little magic.

“Supporters who wish to join our Christmas Toy Drive efforts can contact us directly to get their Santa letters,” she continued. “Or, if they would prefer to contribute funds, they can donate via our website or Crowdrise campaign (see sidebar), and we’re more than happy to do the shopping on our end to make sure Santa comes to these deserving kids.”

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    It’s Not Too Late: Enter to Win a Lakota Star Quilt, and Support the New CRYP Art Park

It’s Not Too Late: Enter to Win a Lakota Star Quilt, and Support the New CRYP Art Park

It’s not to late to win an authentic, handmade Lakota star quilt through the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. Raffle tickets will remain on sale until Wednesday, December 24, and the 26-year-old, not-for-profit organization will hold the drawing for its two winners on Friday, December 26.

Instead of raffling off a single quilt, as it has in previous years, CRYP is offering two quilts in the 2014 raffle. Ticket-holders have a chance to win a distinctive, queen-size Lakota star quilt that mimics a dramatic graffiti mural by acclaimed Minneapolis-based artist Peyton Scott Russell. Peyton, as the artist is known professionally, created the original piece of street art this year.

Bonnie LeBeau, a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member, hand-crafted the graffiti-inspired quilt for the raffle. Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, executive director of Bozeman, Montana-based Hopa Mountain, donated the second quilt.

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“Thanks for Kids” Dinner Coming up on November 25

CRYP will be hosting a special Thanks for Kids Dinner for the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation community on Tuesday, November 25 at its Cokata Wiconi teen center. The free public meal and celebration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the festively decorated Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium.

Youth, their families, and all members of the community are invited to join CRYP staff and volunteers for a traditional holiday-inspired dinner. A visiting volunteer group from Wisconsin’s Marquette University High School will be assisting with preparing the buffet-style meal.

The youth project also has announced an exciting addition to this year’s festivities: They are extending a special invitation to Cheyenne River elders.

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    November Partner of the Month: O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation

November Partner of the Month: O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation

As a grassroots, not-for-profit organization, the Cheyenne River Youth Project relies on a variety of organizational partners for support as it pursues its ongoing mission in the Cheyenne River community. To show our deep appreciation for all that these valued partners do for us, we’ve created a Partner of the Month initiative — and for November, that partner is the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation.

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    Coming Up: Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 16, Youth Holiday Parties on Dec. 4-5

Coming Up: Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 16, Youth Holiday Parties on Dec. 4-5

November is here, and that means the staff and volunteers at Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, are deep into holiday preparations. Not only are they undertaking the gargantuan task of ensuring that Santa Claus comes to 1,500 children across the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation, they are planning the youth project’s 4th annual Christmas Craft Fair and its eagerly anticipated holiday parties for children and teens.

The 4th annual Christmas Craft Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 16 at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center. Cheyenne River artists, vendors, craftspeople, chefs, and bakers should contact the youth project immediately to reserve their spots.

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