Help St. Joseph’s students celebrate a life of sobriety on International Day of Happiness
International Day of Happiness Fast Facts
  • Celebrated yearly on March 20
  • Proclamation creating International Day of Happiness was issued by the United Nations in 2012
  • Celebrated for the first time in 2013

There are 7.3 billion people on this planet and each person deserves to feel happiness. At St. Joseph's, we are determined to help 220 of those 7.3 billion people have a better life and a reason to smile every day, but especially on International Day of Happiness, March 20, 2018! But, we can't do it without you. Only YOU can help give the Lakota (Sioux) children a reason to smile today, tomorrow and for the rest of their lives.

Virtually 100% of the students at St. Joseph's are affected by alcohol, tobacco or drug use. If addiction isn't present in their immediate family, it is in their communities. According to the US National Library of Medicine, adolescent substance use is a major problem in communities on Indian reservations, especially 8th graders. Rates of marijuana use are also very high, with lifetime use higher than 50% for those living on or near reservations.

The statistics aren't something to smile about, but YOU can help make a difference. For International Day of Happiness, we are focusing on healthy activities and programs that help show students choosing happy means to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

We've set a goal to sell 220 Sobriety Walk T-shirts on March 20 — International Day of Happiness — in celebration of "choosing happy". For every T-shirt purchased by one of our supporters, another shirt will be provided to one of our 220 Lakota students to wear in April during the 2018 Sobriety Walk. The event is led by St. Joseph's Sobriety Banner and flags and features students, staff, families and friends walking from St. Joseph's campus to downtown Chamberlain. They split into four groups, which represents each of the Four Directions.

Will you help us reach our goal of providing 220* T-shirts for the Lakota children on March 20?

T-shirt supplies are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Shirt orders received after the 220 goal is met may be back-ordered or canceled. Shirts will not be available for purchase until the International Day of Happiness on March 20.


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