Rock Ledge, Howbert lead clothing drive for Sioux tribe

       Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Howbert Elementary are teaming up to collect winter clothing and other items for the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in South Dakota.
       “There is an urgent need for these items,” said Donna Mount of the Rock Ledge Ranch Living History Association (LHA). “People on the reservation literally froze to death last year, and we want to be a part of stopping this needless suffering that is happening right here in our own country - will you please help?”
       The drive started Nov. 27. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 15 at Howbert, 1023 N. 31st St. (Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), and at Rock Ledge's admissions hut, southwest of Gateway Road and 30th Street (Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Dec. 15-16, during the ranch's annual Holiday Evenings from 4 to 8 p.m.).
       Clothing items needed are jackets, gloves, scarves, boots and warm socks, sneakers, winter shoes in medium and wide widths, underwear for boys/girls/adults in various sizes, outerwear, t-shirts, and long sleeve thermal shirts/pants. All sizes are welcome for ages from infant to 18 years old and for the elderly.
       Also needed are blankets or afghans in infant/twin/ full/queen sizes and simple toiletry items. Welcomed items include toys for children/teens, games, books, notebooks, crayons and coloring.
       Donations should be in decent condition. Only toiletries need to be new or unused.
       There will be a semi-tractor trailer to take all the items up to South Dakota for Christmas.
       For more information, call Rock Ledge at 578-6777 or Howbert at 328-4200.

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