Estes Park Trail Gazette – Students leave on Thanksgiving to South Dakota

A group of Eagle Rock School students will travel to Potato Creek, S.D. to bring Christmas dinner and gifts to children and adults at the Pine Ridge Reservation on Thursday, Nov. 27.

“We are low on donations,” said Tim Phelps, chef instructor, Eagle Rock School. “We’re really short on wrapped gifts this year and anyone who could give just one gift, that would be helpful.”

They recently had a wind and snow storm at the reservation and were out of electricity for about 10 days. Due to the storm and the fact the people of Pine Ridge Reservation are the poorest population in the United States, donations make a different for the holidays and throughout the year.

The following donations are needed: new wrapped gifts for boys and girls — infant to three years, 4 to 6-years-old, 7 to 9-years-old, 10 to 12-years-old, 13 to 15-years-old and 16 to 18-years-old.

Please write the age and “boy” or “girl” on the outside of the gift. Also needed are candles, flashlights and batteries, new and near-new clean winter clothing, sheets and blankets, towels and wash cloths for the bathroom, toiletry items and dish soap. The students are also looking for cash to purchase incidentals for the trip, a Christmas tree, tree stand, lights, ornaments, tinsel and other holiday decorations.

Eagle Rock School will accept gifts through Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please bring items to the back door of the kitchen, which is located in The Lodge at Eagle Rock School, located at 2750 Notaiah Road. For additional drop-off information, contact Phelps at 586-7125.

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