I have decided to give our beautiful blanket to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Pine Ridge Reservation is the poorest spot in the USA. The average life expectancy for residents is only 47 for males and early 50s for women. The unemployment rate is 90% and the teen suicide rate is four times the national average. Basics such as running water, heat and food are scarce for many residents let alone jobs and health care. These challenges are particularly difficult to deal with given the geographical isolation of the Rez and the incredibly harsh climate.
I have communicated with the main contact (Pam Little Sparrow Wingard), and she is very pleased that we are giving them the blanket.
She said to be sure to share this message with all of you:
“I think you and the other knitters are special angels. You will be remembered in the prayers of my Family and the Lakota family that receives this afghan.”
Pam Little Sparrow Wingard