rom: Veronica Ives-Virnig
With the packages unwrapped, find room for your new "stuff" by donating duplicates of new or gently used toys and household items and help Native American families living in poverty on reservations in North and South Dakota and Nebraska find a little more hope in the coming year.
Donations of items for all ages including clothing, (especially warm clothing, mittens, hats, shoes, boots, and coats), toys and books, household (cooking utensils, bedding, personal care etc.) and furniture can be delivered to The Quality Inn, Hwy 61 & 43, Winona, MN (507) 454-4390; or the Winona Mall, 1213 Gilmore Ave., 507-454-7295
Additional donations of cash are also desperately needed to help fill the gas tanks of the semitrucks used to deliver the donated items to the reservations.
To make a tax-exempt contribution for gas: please mail a check or money order "designated for gas" to: Diversity Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 2013, Maple Grove, MN 55311.
The Diversity Foundation (http://www.diversityfoundation.org ) is a non-profit organization, alleviating the extreme poverty, isolation, depression, hopelessness and broken promises of our federal government inherited by Native Americans forced to move to reservations in our nation's past. Crow Creek: The Forgotten People, a 12-minute video by the Diversity Foundation and Winona's HBC depicting conditions on the Crow Creek Reservation is also available at http://www.umbsn.org/Social_Justice.html (Video Source: St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona