BENEFITING: RANDOM ACTS
For those of you aren't familiar with this event, it's basically a 24 hour time period devoted to 'enduring' (I prefer to say enjoying!) an activity of your choice to raise money for Random Acts, a nonprofit group committed to encouraging and sometimes funding random acts of kindness. You can raise money ahead of time, or have people committ to pledge money during your event based on the activity that you are doing.
For my event, I plan on spending 24 hours sewing quick (but super fuzzy and warm) baby blankets for the Baby FACE group of the Wounded Knee District School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Manderson, SD, USA. For those of you that aren't familiar with Pine Ridge, it is the home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and has a population of around 30,000 residents (recent estimates closer to 40,000). It's the second largest Indian reservation in the country, yet the statistics are quite alarming. Nearly 80% of the residents are unemployed, with 50% of the population falling below the national poverty line (61% of residents aged 18 and younger fall under the poverty line). They are the second poorest county in the United States! And if their combined federal funding and casino incomes were combined and distributed, every resident of the reservation would only receive about $.15.
The infant mortality rate is 5 times higher than the national average! Many programs, like Baby FACE are invested in making a difference for the children living on this reservation. They work with parents who don't have access to basic necessities for children, like formula or diapers, and even provide education and enrichment activities for children under 3 years of age. The winter temperatures can reach -30 degrees, and they've asked me if I could make blankets to line cribs for toddlers and babies to have in shelters without adequate heating.
So if you want to support my endeavors, please pledge anything that you can!