BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Donations are needed, and soon, for Lew Hasting’s September trip to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, located in Eagle Butte, S.D.
Lew, executive director for the Boca Grande Area of Chamber is going to be working with the reservation’s housing assistance program, called Okiciyapi Tipi (which means “people helping people build houses” in Lakota Sioux). He will be there for the entire month of September, renovating, repairing and rebuilding homes, learning more about the culture, and learning more about what he can do to help the residents of the poorest county in our country.
Unfortunately, without the assistance from Habitat from Humanity that Okiciyapi Tipi once had, building supplies and money are scarce. Lew is hoping to find sponsors within our community that would be willing to donate. He anticipates if he can get sponsors for each of the days of September, at $50 a day, he can make a huge difference in some lives on the Reservation. He already has several sponsors, but has several days left to fill before he leaves on Friday, Aug. 30.
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