Giving Tuesday: Give the Gift of Winter Warmth
Some people look forward to winter for hot chocolate, toasty fires and wintry vacations. But for others, winter is a time of risk and increased hardship. Many Native American families are unprepared for the brutal cold that lays ahead, whether due to low income, poorly insulated reservation homes or health issues that make them more vulnerable. That’s why today – Giving Tuesday – we are asking you to donate and help us bring the gift of warmth to Native communities.
Reservation temperatures can be extreme, 15 degrees below zero combined with deep snow in Navajo communities such as Thoreau and Bylas, New Mexico. Frostbite can occur in 15 minutes. Winters in the Northern Plains are harsh as well and long lasting, from October through April.
Coming into the winter, about 40% of reservation housing is considered substandard, meaning inadequate cooling, heating, insulation, plumbing and kitchens. About 30% of the homes rely on wood for heat, and many Elders face concerns about running out. In addition, Tribal housing officials report that doubling up (taking in family and friends) to avoid them sleeping on the street or in cars is common in their communities.
You can join us to make this winter different. Our goal is to provide Winter Preparedness Boxes to 1,280 Native Elders, men, women and children across the Southwest and Northern Plains. These blankets, coats, scarves and gloves can literally save lives.
#GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to show your generosity and care for our First Americans, a gift they will long remember. Make your gift today and be part of the largest giving day of the year!