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On July 28th and 29th, storms and tornadoes whipped through the Oglala community on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. More than 450 homes were severely damaged by this natural disaster.
FEMA has denied the Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Disaster Funds, leaving hundreds of families facing the winter months with broken windows and holes in their walls and ceilings.
Many elderly people, families, and their small children are facing the very real threat of freezing to death this winter if their homes are not winterized and their broken windows are not safely sealed. We are raising emergency funds to seal the broken windows and make other emergency winterization repairs for the homes that were effected by this storm.
Our goal is to accomplish this by Christmas.
Our plan is as follows:
Phase 1: (Dec. 31st deadline for funds, all broken windows to be addressed by Dec. 25th)
As we are up against Mother Nature’s deadline, the quickest and most effective way to mend the homes this winter will be to provide alternative window options for those in need. Installing completely new glass windows will be over $1.5 million and take many months to complete.
Instead, we will seal the broken windows of each home with heavy duty plexiglass so that the warmth within the homes can be retained and families can benefit from natural lighting. In many cases, families have used plywood to temporarily board up their windows, leaving the homes completely dark inside. In some cases, families may need other work done to winterize their homes, such as doors refitted and/or holes patched in walls and roofs. We will work to accomplish this if funds provide.
900 sheets of plexiglass = $9,500
RotoZip Cutters (7)= $750
Ultralight Portable Inverter Generator (2) = $850
Cordless Drills (7) = $800
Ladders (7): = $700
Total Equipment Costs: $16,500
We have allotted extra funds for the needs of the volunteers (veterans, water protectors, construction workers, etc) who feel called to offer their skills and labor.
These costs are as follows:
Gas, accommodations on the reservation, and food to be prepared by community members:
TOTAL GOAL: $25,000
Thank you for taking the time to learn about this effort. We would appreciate it greatly if you would share this with your friends and family.
For Physical Donations
Jackie C – 505.903.4356
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All My Love and Light,