Sorry for the delay in getting out information on February’s project which will now probably run into March too. Although we would like to be organized sometimes that isn’t possible as we need to touch base with those on the Rez and responses are often delayed for various reasons. While talking to Theresa High Horse the other day, she mentioned the Wanblee day care center could really use our help. The building is small but does have a kitchen and a washer and dryer. Currently there are 4 employees, 1 cook and 3 child care workers, providing care for 20 children aged newborn to 13. Although this program is funded they’ve experienced cuts just like all programs on the Rez (and elsewhere) and often times their funds show up late each month. Sometimes workers have had to spend their own money (which their families desperately need) to purchase items they need to care for the children.
The center provides free childcare to children of parents attending the local college and those working on their GED. Parents who have jobs such as teachers, etc. are charged a fee based on a sliding scale. Head Start students may need daycare too if no other alternative exists for a working parent as school ends at 2:30 p.m. Daycare hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Let’s help the children and their caretakers by providing:
Bedding and Linens Great way to use up those scraps you’ve been saving!
- Crib sheets (6) – They have 2 cribs currently
- Changing pads (6)
- Bibs, (10) baby, (10) toddler
- Blankets/quilts/afghans (8) baby 30 X 36, (10) toddler 42 X 48, (5) youth 42 X 54. They have plastic mats to put on the floor for nap time but no blankets to cover up with.
- Pillows and pillowcases (8), (standard size) for nap time and lounging and watching TV for older kids.
- Large pillows (6), 20 X 20 or larger to use for sitting/lounging on the floor
- Bath towels (12) and washcloths (24), hand towels (12). Babies and toddlers might be given a bath as some children don’t have running water at home.
- **Training pants, (12) pr.
- **Underwear— toddler size 3T+, boy and girl (12 pr. total), more welcomed! Youth boy and girl, sizes 6 – 14, (12 pr. total), more welcomed! Can’t send too many!
- **Socks, babies (12 pr.), toddlers (12 pr.), children (12 pr.) Can’t send too many of these either!
Kitchen Needs Many items with daily use wear out and need replaced
- Pots and Pans
- cookie sheets (3) and cake pans (2) 9 x 9, (2) 9 x 13
- Casserole dishes, (4) larger sizes
- Knives ( paring, bread etc) , any cooking utensils such as large spoons, spatulas, etc.
- Dish cloths (10) and dish towels (10), pot scrubbers (6)
- potholders (3), oven gloves (4)
- Cups, sippy cups, and drinking glasses, etc. that are unbreakable and BPA free
- Baby bottles, BPA free with a new nipple if used
- **Dishwashing soap (3)
Bath and cleaning
- **Diaper wipes, cloth or disposable
- ** Body wash, baby and adult (6)
- **Shampoo, non tearing and detangler (6)
- Combs and brushes (6)
- **Toilet paper, any amount!
- **Tissues, (6) boxes
- **Diaper cream (6)
- **Lotion, baby and adult (3)
- **Soap, liquid and/or bar (3)
- **Disinfecting wipes, Clorox, etc. (4)
- **Laundry soap (3) liquid or powder
- **Disposable gloves non latex ( 3 boxes )
- **Band-aids (3)
Toys, baby through teen, new or good used condition
- Games and puzzles
- Washable stuffed toys
- Any non-battery toys
- Educational/learning items/crafts – crayons, pencils, scissors, paper etc
- Vacuum cleaner
- Rug shampooer
- High chair
** Denotes ongoing needs
If you can help out with any of the above needs, please let us know here or on our Facebook page. Handcrafted and good used items welcome! If we get more than the requested amounts any excess will be shared with the baby and Head Start programs.
Shipping rates have skyrocketed in recent years so to save money consider shopping online at sites that have special sales and offer free shipping, Amazon and Dollar General are two that SFK uses, we have no affiliation with either. These days money is tight everywhere so if you want to help but can only afford $5, get the most bang for your buck and donate to SFK through Hearts of the Sacred Spirit (a 501c3 organization) and state your donation is for SFK’s Daycare drive. When we receive enough donations we’ll an order online for the heavier things like toiletries and laundry soap, etc. We’re always looking for ways to save our volunteers money, if you have any penny pinching tips please share! All donations for Wanblee Daycare go to Theresa and Jerome High Horse.
We realize most of our volunteers can’t always send to every program and every appeal we make nor do we expect them to. Jump in and help when you can afford it, your help means so much to those who have so little. There aren’t adequate words to explain how deeply grateful we are to all of you for the generosity and support you’ve shown to those folks on the Rez that have desperately needed your help.