RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The Wal-Mart Corporation has donated the use of five tractor-trailers to store donations coming into the Pine Ridge Reservation for survivors of the June 4 and 5 storms and tornadoes.
Currently, donations of food, clothing and furniture are being stored in classrooms at the Loneman School on the Reservation. However, the rooms must be cleared by July 30 in order to prepare them for the upcoming school year.
"The donations that have been pouring in from throughout the country have been a vital part of recovery for the tornado survivors," says Stanley Looking Elk, Recovery Coordinator and Vice Chairman for the Oglala District. "We're grateful for the use of these trailers so that we can continue helping those who lost so much."
Cash donations are still being encouraged as an easy-to-manage way of offering support and helping tribal leaders respond directly to the most critical needs. An account has been established at the First National Bank in Gordon, NE. Donations can be made by calling 308-282-0050, or by mailing them directly to: Oglala Sioux Tribe Victims' Fund, First National Bank, Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343