Skip to main content

Hotlist this diary to make it easy to find

The only way we can link to this list is to publish, our regular group diary will publish Sunday at 7:00 EDT.  Hope you will visit then.  

The purpose of this diary is to keep an up-to-date list of specific needs available for those who want to help the Okiciyap Food pantry and Youth Center.

By breaking things down into categories with a detailed listing for each, the main diaries will be more manageable. Main diaries are available here.

New diaries in the series will provide links to this one, watch for our newest  Okiciyap (we help) DKos Group Diary on Sunday at 7:00p.m. Eastern.

Food Pantry
Spirit Dancer: I thought perhaps you'd like to know how much it costs for them to make 1 trip to Pierre, SD to get food at The Feeding. It cost $200 in gas for 2 pickups and 1 horse trailer to drive 4 hours round trip. It cost $900 for the food for a total of $1100, this doesn't include expenses like water and electricity the for Okiciyap food pantry. So they need at least $1200 to $1300 for this to help them help others. Of course we aren't their only source of help but as we all know, money is hard to come by unless you are the 1%.
So, please give what you can.
Cost of food breakdown:
$0.18 buys 1 pound of food
$1.80 buys 10 pounds of food
$18.00 buys 100 pounds of food

Small donations are valuable! Please join the Spirit Dancer Monthly Challenge! Only 18 cents a day, that's roughly $5.50/month!


Approx. 50 middle school/high school students:
1. 50  5-subject notebooks (now have  9)
2. 150 pencils (now have 350)
3. 50 or more pens (red, blue, black inks)
        ( now have 34 red, 95 black 140 blue and 20 green + 200 mixed color )    
4. 25 scientific calculators  (now have 17)
5. 50 velco or zipper binders to carry  between classes (now have 1)
6. 150 2-pocket folders (now have 150)
7. 50 backpacks (adult-sized) (now have approx. 50)
8. 2 or more graphing calculators with 6x9 screen (now have 2 )

 We now also have 2-125 pks of flag stickies, 3-5 pack mixed color sharpies, 6-12 pack and 10 15 packs coloring pencils + 45, 30 mechanical pencils, 2-100 pk 3x5 index cards, 9 lint rollers, 2 dry erase boards, 2 bic correction tape, 60 sheet protectors, 2 5-pk dividers, 5 mini spiral notebooks, motivational stickers, and 6 marble composition books, 3 alphabet stickers, 16 pencil sharpeners, 20 mixed looseleaf filler paper, 32 primary pencils, 6 geometry sets, paint sets

Cindy: I talked with some kids to see if they had their backpacks from last year and surprise some have them from grade school! They need new ones...

Approx. 90 K-6 students:
1. 90 crayons pks (now have 2 boxes 8 Lg crayons and 34 boxes Sm crayons and 0 boxes of 16 crayons and 106 boxes of 24 crayons)
2. 90 scissors small and reg size mixed (now have 15 sm pair, and 8 large pair and 6 safety, )
3. 90 rulers (now have 72)
4. 90 protractors (now have 20 plus 6 geometry sets)
5. 90 washable markers (now have 1 pkg of 16 and 9 packages of 10)
6. 300 single subject notebooks (wide ruled) (now have 265 plus 10  college ruled)
7. 300 pencils again (now have 352)
8. 90 pencil top erasers (now have 279) or the big erasers (now have 24)
9. 90  12" pencil boxes (now have 10)
10. 90 Glue stixs (now have 275) and regular glue (now have 16 )
11. 300 2-pocket folders for all k-12, lots of them! (now have 110)
12. 90 Backpacks (smaller for grade school)  (now have approx. 33)
13. 90 kleenex (now have 90 sm pks)

Warning!!  Crayons will melt in the heat !  Wrap in plastic bags just in case !


Folding Tables & Chairs for the Food Pantry
Pots & Pans (etc):
Lg Cooking Pots
Lg cooking sheets (now have: 1  set of 3 cookie sheets, 2 half sheet pans)
muffin tins (now have: 2  24-cup mini muffin pans)
12" or Larger frying pan
Pasta pots w/strainers
Spatulas & spoons - heavy duty metal or industrial (now have: 6 ladles, 5 slotted
      serving spoons, slotted pancake turner, 2 meat forks)

knives (now have: block, 2 good food service prep knives, 1 small kitchen knife)
plastic cutting boards (now have: 1 small, 1 medium plastic cutting board)
measuring cups, esp. 1 cup size for flour, sugar... (now have: 1 set measuring spoons)
dish soap
large green scrubbers
2  4-gal size storage containers for flour, sugar, rice etc. (now have: 3 3-gal food
      service grade storage containers)

Now have: 6 bread pans, 1 9x13 cake pan, 2 potholders, 3 dish towels, 5 dish cloths, First Aid Kits, flatware: 48 forks, 48 spoons, 24 table knives, 14 serrated knives, serrated bread knife

Kitchenaid standing mixer still needed: Great for making big batches of bread dough quickly. The mixer is expensive with a whisk, paddle, and dough hook, but someone might find or have a good used one. The average price of a new one is around $270. Used are sometimes hard to find as they are still in use in kitchens and last for years.

UPDATE #1  Kitchen is nearly complete, still needs POTS and PANS and the MIXER and a DISH DRAINER    UPDATE  now have two large stock pots and a spaghetti pot with strainer


Cindy: The library question, when our school closed the city felt we didn't need one and closed it. After the school in Timber Lake took what they wanted  (mind you, I hate to even say it cause they didn't ask us), they took 7 pick-up loads to the dump to burn. I remember the day we found out. We didn't have a building to store them in. We had to let them go. We would love to start a youth library with an adult one to follow later when we have more space.

Requests from Cindy: Quilt books from Quilt In A day series, Native beading books, craft books, young people k-8? activity books, Real novels, mystery, also books by Native authors.

List from Cindy of Native American books: These are the authors of many books native:
1. Cynthia Leitich Smith (mostly childrens books) Jingle dancer etc.
2. Joseph Ele Joubert (translation) The first Council Fire
3. Carol Dana (poetry) When No One Was Looking    
4. Alice Azure, Along Came A Spider
5. Joseph Bruchac (most any of his books)
6. Zitkala-Sa(sioux) Interpreted By Charles Eastman and Luther Standing Bear
7. Morning Dove (Colville) Coyote Stories
8. Pamela Greenhill Kaizen (dakota) Lakota and Dakota Animal Wisdom Stories

Hope this gets a start for our library.

Aji: WRT books, no "Indian" books by non-NDN authors. IOW, no Hillerman, no Gears, no Twilight, none of that crap. No Dee Brown; they've probably already got 30 copies anyway from well-meaning church people. If it's "Indian" it should be BY Indian authors. If it's by a non-NDN author, then it should be about non-NDN subject matter. Anything else has the potential to be insulting and worse. Sorry; personal hot-button issue of mine, considering that we have to deal with cultural theft here on literally a daily basis.

Cindy: I talked with my brother and he said it might be cheaper to just buy already made to put up bookshelves in cartons or boxes. When he isn't around and we can't find any body to build, at least I and maybe a couple other women can put them together and set them up. Great idea. I'm pretty good with a hammer and screwdriver! I love assembley required!! Did my own quilting table...14' long (pride!) The instructions said 'allow 6 hours assembly time', HA! Took me three days between kids and school and everything in between to do it. Did it, proud of it, still works, still as solid as the days I took to put it together...


<Cindy: We also wanted movie nites for them. The closest show hall is 65 miles away off the rez. We had a popcorn machine on one of our proposals we sent. We forgot to add a projecter to make the movies bigger on the wall. I know they have them for dvd players, jus haven't had time to price one. Don't know if they are cheaper than a big screen TV or not.
DVDs' Any that teaches different dancing of our people ie; fancy shawl, traditional mens and womens' jingle dress dancing, mens grass dance, mens fancy.

Other dvds' vhs' more towards educational. Also any kind of kids learning software from k-8

Volleyball net
portable basketball goal (I thought 'jus ask for a Play Ground! Jes kiddin')
Wii game console with sports, super mario, toy story3...??
DVD VHS player as some have vhs movies yet!
They said if they had computers Jump Start is good for the younger ones.

Now have:
2 scrabble games, 1 brand new Pictionary game, box of dominoes, video cam, 2 puzzles and 2 badminton sets for four


Cindy: We were wanting a kiln and all the ceramic essentials, plus we were goin to teach a native beading class and also sewing plus leather working. We who went to school in the 70's took all these classes but our schools don't offer them. We also wanted to bring back our language classes that we had years ago.

Cindy: Some of the kids wanted to know if modeling clay, acrylic paints, watercolors, popsicle stix, easels (whatever they are to hold up artwork as you work on them). Kids! Want what they want, hard to deny these little ones!  That was one of their requests when the building was moved here. One watching over my shoulder just reminded me!

Now have: 3 decorative edging scissors, a punch, glitter and spangles, bag of ribbons and lace, alphabet stencils, sidewalk chalk, small lace doileys: rounds and hearts, origami papers with some instructions, 2 wooden "critter" craft kits to assemble, 2 sets of 8-color watercolors, 200 sheets mixed color construction paper, 18 cans Play-doh, 1 steam iron, 14 1-inch foam brushes for crafts, 20 boxes of watercolors, 1 alphabet rubber stamp set, 26 watercolor sets, thousands of small glass beads (ea. size/color pkg separately): 1.5 mm round (Clear, Black, White, Brown, Green) and 1.75 mm round (Clear, Black, White, Brown, Green), beading needles and fine nylon thread, 2 beading books


Cindy: Sewing Machines are always wanted and I can repair most. I own a Industrial Straight Stitch for my quilting and such but it is not portable, it weighs 600lbs. Threads, cone threads, needles, needle threaders, cloth cutting 8" scissors, 24"x6" quilting rulers, cutting mats 24"x18" or larger, buttons, zippers (all lengths), velcro?(hope its spelled rite),and I can teach the use of serger machines if you come across any as they(kids) can make their own clothes like a professional with a little practice.

Now Have: fabric on the way, buttons, 100+ patterns, 10 doll clothes patterns


Cindy: My Amy reminded me how hard it was to buy JEANS! We have used second hand for ever and most moms do. Gently used jeans. Gotta luv 'em.
Girls from size 6x to adult junior size 14 and Gloves, they seem to love hoody jackets to wear under coats, Sox, underwear, bras, sports bras, Tee shirts.

Boys jeans size 4 to 36x34, sox, underwear, teeshirts size youth sm to lg and adult lg to 3x?, Hoodys, gloves.

Both: snow pants
snow boots (any size from child to adults)

Because of space considerations, I am not going to update with lists of clothing sent. Instead, we will ask Cindy to let us know when they no longer need specific clothing items.


At the moment, the group will be focusing on dealing with immediate needs to get through this summer. When winter arrives, though, new and gently used winter clothing and blankets will definitely be needed, so I'm adding this now for folks to keep an eye out for bargains.  

Attention knitters and crocheters: broths and CuriousBoston are making scarves and leg warmers for winter, please consider joining in! broths is working on her 3rd scarf - way to go!!!  up date   5th!!

In particular, Cindy has requested new and gently used snow boots and snow pants: "One of the moms at the meeting last nite asked if I would put snow boots and snow pants on the list? That was a really good sugestion. Our kids wait outside of the old school for the buses, some in cars some not, and I remember the ones with no snow boots or snowpants and wind chills upward of -10 to -20."


2 Laptop Computers: we need them to be business ready with a decent amount of memory

Ink Cartridges: broths has generously donated an All-in-One printer/scanner/copier/fax, which uses the following ink cartridges:
     Canon PG-210XL  black
     Canon CL-211XL  color
For now, they will have a much greater need for black ink. broths just sent some black ink, they will use this the most so please keep sending.

Office Supplies Needed: staplers, staples, scotch tape, chalk, tacks, push pins, bulletin boards, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, band-aids, a few first-aid kits, forever stamps...

Now have: 50 small binder clips, 25 mechanical pencils, 10 original sharpies, 1 4-pack dry erase markers, 1 pkg 50 ct HP photo paper, 1 4-pack Super Glue, 1 first aid kit, 100 bandaids, 1 sm dry erase board (5 1/2x9 1/2), 2 2-pks Black pens, 2 yellow pads, 2 1" 3-ring binders w/2 sets of 5 tabbed inserts, several staplers and two books of stamps and 300 paper clips, 2 boxes of staples, one pound of elastics.

Okiciyap is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your contribution is tax deductible.

Address for mailing checks or packages (be sure to use delivery confirmation to ensure that they get all packages sent!):

Cindy A Taylor
P O Box 172
Isabel, SD 57633-0172

Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 10:32 AM PT: UPDATE  Monday August 6,  1:30 pm  EDT::::  The lists have now been updated to include items through the Sunday, August 5 Diary.  Thanks for your support, everyone!

Originally posted to weck on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM PDT.

Also republished by Okiciyap (we help).

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site