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Old 12-01-2011, 11:04 AM   #18
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Yep, it's good to be able to donate directly to the person who really needs it. Although you have to watch out for that too. In Billings, they found that the guys that hang out at the high traffic corners clear between $100-200 a day.

I'm into giving food boxes...cuz everybody needs to eat. A few times we've given food to the guys sitting around soliciting. We really need a food bank on the reservation. There's only one in the whole county and only open two days a week for a couple hours, or until they run out of food.

Of course there's a need for clean water here too. Fort Washakie water is the BOMB, and won some prizes for best tasting water in the country, but on the rest of the reservation...DON'T drink the water!!!

And my other big push is housing renovation. The housing authorities work on houses under their program, the weatherization program services a few more houses a year, but the majority of folks can't keep their houses in repair due to many factors: mostly cost, and lack of repairmen willing to come out to the rez due to TERO regulations.

When my mom was a public health nurse, she visited a lot of homes and got to know which ones were in true need. It was fun doing a Christmas present roundup for those families.
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