Coming on to winter now and with winter comes specific needs – the need for adequate shelter, heat, clothing, and blankets.
People might be inclined to ask blankets? Who doesn’t have such common items?
They might be a little surprised when it comes to those who don’t, or those without a sufficient number to meet their needs.
Most people are familiar with storm generated power/ultilty outages, the need to bundle up during such times, for many on the rez such outages often enough take the form of a lack of propane, waiting lists, excruciatingly slow deliveries, or the inability to pay for delivery.
Sharing takes place, but sometimes there isn’t anything to share other than a word of encouragement.
Healthy adults are more adaptive, better able to cope with events than children, elders, or the sick.
There are multiple groups or organizations whose expressed purpose is to address these needs, the majority I believe genuinely sincere, others see it as an opportunity to cash in or feather their own nest by promoting themselves.
I would encourage any who are able to contribute/donate to such efforts to do so – to exhibit a compassion not just within other communities but their own as well.
In doing so I would also encourage them to spend a few moments familiarizing themselves with who or which organization they are donating to in an effort to insure their good intentions are honored.
A blanket may not seem like a big deal, but it is if it never reaches those in need of one.
I’ve been fortunate in having women around me who spend countless hours throughout the year haunting thrift stores and elsewhere gathering fabric and related materials to make blankets and quilts to distribute during winter asking nothing in return – the concern they display and the quality of work they do is beyond repute, they exemplify the finest qualities women of the nations can have.