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Winter Coat Drive for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

November 1, 2011

8th Annual Winter Coat Drive for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Volunteers from the campus community are once again seeking donations of new or gently used winter outerwear for children and elders at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 2011 marks the eighth year of the coat drive.

“Warm coats, hats, mittens, and socks are delivered directly to Lakota school children (K-12), and elders on the reservation,” said Julie Ann Sullivan, special instructor of Ethnic Studies at CSU. “Last year, we were able to provide about 1,000 coats, mostly from donations at CSU. We hope to exceed that number this year."

The coat drive is scheduled to end on Nov. 18.

Volunteer organizers Julie Ann Sullivan, Chris Bartholomew and Lynn Borngrebe stressed that, unfortunately, they cannot accept clothing or other items at this time as priority must be given to delivering warm winter outerwear to children and elders before harsh winter weather arrives.

Urgently needed toddler - adult items

• New and gently used coats
• Warm hats
• Gloves and mittens
• Socks

Donation boxes have been established at:

• First floor of the Clark C wing
• Ethnic Studies Department – Aylesworth SE
• West entrance to Aylesworth
• Front entrance of Laurel Hall
• In Loveland at Jamoka Joe’s Coffee Shop on West Hwy. 34

Lakota Reservation in South Dakota

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, with a population of 28,787. It also has the distinction of being the poorest county in the United States. Unemployment rates are between 80 and 90 percent and life expectancy on the reservation is the lowest in the U.S. and the second lowest in the western hemisphere.

Recently, Diane Sawyer hosted a CBS 20/20 Special Edition called, “Hidden America: Children of the Plains." The documentary profiled the stories of Lakota children and the hope, strength and challenges of living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

A glimpse of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

For more information, e-mail Julie Ann Sullivan at, Chris Bartholomew at or Lynn Borngrebe at

Additional information regarding the Coat Drive and the upcoming Annual Pine Ridge Holiday Gift Drive is also available on Facebook.

Thank you for your generosity!

Contact: Chris Bartholomew
Phone: 491-5095