Reasons to support Native American children

For over 80 years, St. Joseph’s Indian School has:

  • provided Lakota (Sioux) children free education;
  • given Native American boys and girls a safe, stable home;
  • encouraged cultural and spiritual awareness and education;

“I tend to believe there are many things in life that are not coincidence,” said David, a St. Joseph’s benefactor from Washington.

“I lost my wife in May 2008, after 25 years of marriage,” he recalls. “It was a very sad time in my life. It was just me and the cat.”

St. Joseph’s donor found hope in dreamcatcher

Then, David received a dreamcatcher from St. Joseph’s Indian School.

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After that, his life changed completely.

“A couple of weeks later, I received a card from my daughter, saying she wanted to get together. We had been estranged for more than 15 years.”

David accepted his daughter’s invitation for a reunion. As the holidays approached, he made plans to join her, her husband and in-laws for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“It was the most wonderful day,” said David. “My son-in-law and his family are very nice people, and I was so happy to have my daughter back in my life.”

Shortly after their holiday reunion, David suffered a stroke.

“My daughter took care of me all through that time. If not for her, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I can’t explain it, but after I hung up the dreamcatcher, my life changed.

Donations make a difference to Lakota children in need

Boys and girls at St. Joseph’s rely on the kindness of friends across the country.

Will you consider sharing a gift with our youngsters? Will you find hope while giving a child a brighter future?


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