Fall began just a few days ago, but the morning temperatures are already in the low 40s. If you live in the valleys here on the Rosebud, the temps are even colder.
We’ve already begun giving out wood, delivering some ourselves to people who depend on the wood to stay warm.
Please join us as we work to provide hope on the Rosebud! Read the story below, give if you can, and share this campaign as widely as possible!
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EVERYONE helps provide hope on the Rosebud!
Winters in South Dakota get cold. Very, very cold. The Lakota people of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, especially the grandmothers, rarely have enough money to buy propane or firewood to keep warm. When the money runs out, so does the fuel. So they turn to burning old clothing and wooden shipping pallets, both of which spew harmful chemicals into the air.
When it’s really cold, and there is no more money, the grandmothers have only two choices:
Breathe in pollutants to stay warm.
The Rosebud Episcopal Mission, which has served the Lakota people on the Rosebud since 1873, doesn’t believe these should be the only two choices. So we strive to help as many of the people, especially the grandmothers, as possible. Our motto: No one freezes on the Rosebud.
The Episcopal Church buys propane for those most in need, contracting with a local company to provide propane - 100 gallons at a time, enough for about one month - which the company then delivers for us. In the winter of 2[phone redacted], which was very long and very cold, we provided propane to more than 100 households.
We also run our own Firewood for the Elders program, cutting, splitting and delivering firewood to those most in need. Last winter, we gave away 26 cords of firewood, 100 pieces at a time, to more than 150 households. (Each cord measures 8 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet.) This year, through our hard-working partners, we already have laid in 30 cords of firewood, and plan to split at least 10 more cords before the first snows fly.
How do we do it?
The Episcopal Mission raises money from supporters all over the United States. The majority of the money goes to buying the propane, including have regulators and propane tanks checked for safety purposes. About one-quarter of the money goes to pay the expenses for wood cutting, which include purchasing and maintaining the axes, sledgehammers, wedges, mauls, chainsaws and splitters, as well as paying for the fuel for the tools and the truck used to deliver the wood.
To lay in this much wood, we have our mission teams and community members come together all year long to cut, gather and split the firewood, which we store in a large wood barn.
For us, each piece of wood and each gallon of propane represent hope. Hope that someone cares. Hope that someone will help. Hope that together, we can make life better for all of our people.
Many people ask why the people don’t cut their own wood and take care of their own families. The reason? The cost for the equipment and transportation. The Rosebud Reservation is one of the poorest counties in the United States, with high unemployment and scarce resources. But even when people can’t directly take care of their own families, they do volunteer to help others. Community members help cut the wood, split it, stack it and deliver it to those most in need. The Episcopal Church, in return, takes care of as many people on the Rosebud as possible - not just Episcopalians but all Lakota.
In addition to these two programs, the Rosebud Episcopal Mission helps people buy food, gasoline and other basic needs. With little opportunity to earn money, the needs of the people can be as overwhelming as winters here on the Rosebud. Whenever possible - whenever there is money in the account - the Episcopal Church helps out.
These programs - this effort to provide hope on a daily basis to the people of the Rosebud - cost thousands of dollars yearly, all of which is raised from generous donors across the country. But we never have enough. Every dollar that comes in is spent on the people, and more is needed.
Help the Rosebud Episcopal Mission, a part of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota and a 501(c)3, provide hope by helping the people take care of each other. Donate today to keep our people warm and fed.
Our website, rosebudepiscopalmission.org, will help keep you informed of our mission of hope here on the Rosebud. Join us in our mission!
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The Rosebud Episcopal Mission exists to serve the Lakota people of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The Rosebud Episcopal Mission
is part of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota
and is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.
- CAROLYN BOATWRIGHT
- Bethany Ngo
- randi bacha
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