Today @ Colorado State has been replaced by SOURCE. This site exists as an archive of Today @ Colorado State stories between January 1, 2009 and September 8, 2014.


Winter coat drive for Pine Ridge Reservation

Updated November 3, 2009

Members of the campus community are seeking donations of new or gently used winter outerwear items to be delivered to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Donations accepted through Nov. 20

The drive will run through Nov. 20. The first donations are being delivered Nov. 8 and additional donations will be delivered after Nov. 20.

Coats and cold weather gear for Pine Ridge residents, in sizes from toddler to adult, are urgently needed. 

Organizers ask that only winter outerwear items be donated at this time as they do not have the resources to store, sort, and deliver other items.

Urgently needed items

Item requested include:

  • warm winter coats
  • hats
  • gloves
  • socks
  • snow pants
  • snow boots
  • sleeping bags
  • space heaters 

Lakota children and elders benefit 

“These donations will go directly to school children (K-12), children in the Lakota youth program, and Lakota elders,” said Julie Sullivan, adjunct professor of ethnic studies in Colorado State’s College of Liberal Arts. “Last year we delivered over 500 good, used coats and we hope to meet or exceed that number this year.” 

Sullivan stressed that although they appreciate offers of other clothing and household goods, they cannot accept them at this time. Priority is given to delivering warm winter outerwear to children and seniors before harsh winter weather arrives.

Donation drop-off locations

A donation box has been established at the Journalism Department located at Clark C Building, Room C226 on the CSU main campus, for drop-off donations anytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week.

An additional drop-off location will be available in the Morgan Library near the Cram-a-Latte coffee cart on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lakota reservation in South Dakota

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a Lakota reservation located in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The reservation is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, measuring 3,468 square miles with an approximate population of 28,787.

Unemployment is between 80 and 90 percent and life expectancy on the reservation is the lowest in the United States and the second lowest in the western hemisphere. Only Haiti has a lower life expectancy rate.

For more information e-mail Julie Sullivan at or Chris Bartholomew at

Thank you for your generosity!

Contact: Chris Bartholomew
Phone: (970) 491-3003