OK, Thanksgiving is upon us.....and it has only been a week since Election Day!

Last night I started a little marathon to help Okiciyap provide Thanksgiving dinner for 50 families. We've got over \$800 so far....can you help us get the whole thing? Even with \$5, which is the average cost per person of Thanksgiving dinner this year nationwide.

Remember, the unemployment rate on the Cheyenne River Reservation is about 80% this time of the year.....so there will be no special dinner for these families if we don't help out.

On Sunday, the New England Kossacks started us off by collecting \$100. Thanks everyone! It was great to meet all of you.

And by the way, it's Cindy Taylor's birthday today. If you're not familiar with this project, she's the one who took over for her sister, Georgia Little Shield, after she died last spring. There are Facebook messages up today missing Georgia....

Getting to goal would be a nice tribute to her, because it was something she had wanted to do last year....as well as a nice birthday present for Cindy.

I know you're probably a little tapped out from the campaign and then Superstorm Sandy, but if you could squeeze out a little more we're going to be able to help 50 families have a proper Thanksgiving dinner. Otherwise they will have none.

Now, if we just go for the turkeys, Cindy has figured that if they average 14 pounds and cost \$1.29 per, we're looking at \$1164. Last time Emily checked it was \$1.79 a pound, so we should say \$1260 to be on the safe side.

If we want to shoot for all the fixins, the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner this year is just under \$5 per person. Cindy estimates that 10 people would eat the dinner per family, which would be \$2500.

I say, lets see how much of the \$2500 we can come up with in a week. At a minimum we need \$1200. Best scenario is the full amount.

We would be getting the dinners for the families, who will have them in their homes. They are planning to have a Christmas dinner at the pantry (more on that after turkey day).

Here's the ChipIn with the donations from the New England Kossacks. Lets see how close we can get to the goal of a full dinner for 50 families.

Thank you and bless you.

For those of you whose systems don't handle flash, here is the direct link to the ChipIn.

Of course you're also welcome to send a check. If you do so, please let me know in the comments so we can keep track of how close we're coming to our goal.

You can send the checks to this address:
PO Box 172
Isabel SD 57633

One other thing....

If you can't help out now but buy your Christmas presents online, you can help Okiciyap for free by signing up for iGive. Participating stores will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the charity of your choice. No strings. You download it and a little widget sits unobtrusively in your browser, or you can just do it through their website. You will get emails when iGive generates donations for your chosen organization. They don't bug you. There are also coupons, etc.

I thought I'd give you a couple of updates on the pantry and food situation.

1. There is still mostly junk in the local food banks. They don't know when that situation is going to change.

2. Luckily, they were able to scrounge up one load of decent stuff from the local food bank. They're back to having junk food there now.

Here are some pictures from that last load.

Volunteers:

Cindy looking a lot like her sister Georgia, helping with some stuff:

Cindy's daughter Amy taking a tea break. Vice President of the pantry as a high schooler. Pretty cool.

New England Kossacks

Donation cup

We'll be posting this all week long. Lets see what we can do....

Happy Birthday Cindy

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• ##### Tip Jar(32+ / 0-)

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• ##### Thank you for doing this, Betson08!(10+ / 0-)

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• ##### My pleasure. (8+ / 0-)
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That time of the year.....

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• ##### Thank you for (ahem)"torturing" yourself by going(7+ / 0-)

to the N.E. Kossacks meeting as a representative from Okiciyap.  It was just wonderful of them to help the Pantry as part of their meeting.  I couldn't tell from their diary what that delicious vegetarian dish was, will you tell us?

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• ##### Re: the food banks(6+ / 0-)
1. There is still mostly junk in the local food banks. They don't know when that situation is going to change.
Is there something that can be done about that?

I assume that it's mostly junk food because that's what's being donated... and that that's what's being donated because that's what's cheapest... or maybe, that's what the food banks buy because it's cheapest... but it strikes me as galling that Reservation residents, who are particularly likely to suffer from diabetes, have little choice but to rely on unhealthy donated food.

I've had various ideas, but I'm not sure if any of them are good... for example, sending mail order donations of things like powdered milk or dried beans or freeze-dried fruits and veggies... or sending sprouting seeds... or (in the spring) planting seeds... all of the above, none of the above?

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• ##### Sorry for not explaining that more(6+ / 0-)

Because of this year's drought there is much less government food available, and much less extra food in general. So what's left is just crap. The problem is nationwide.

Aji did a great diary on it. Let me dig up the link...

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• ##### There's also a massive cut to federal food aid(5+ / 0-)
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Two major programs got hit hard.

From the VT Foodbank:

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is an income-based federal program that provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief through organizations like the Vermont Foodbank.  During FY 2012, the Foodbank saw a 50% reduction in its allotment of TEFAP food; that is over one million pounds of food.
and a 20% cut to food stamps.

Foodbanks everywhere are barren as we head into winter.

When you combine the lack of food stamps, so people have no choice but to less; with increased prices, which further cut what they can afford with their reduced benefits; then add the lack of food at food banks, this winter promises to be horrific for those on the financial edge. More people are vying for dramatically less food.

• ##### Wow, I didn't realize.(5+ / 0-)

I knew that food stamps were (under threat of) being cut, but I hadn't heard it had gone through, or about the TEFAP cuts.

I take it the best thing to do is still to donate money (to Okiciyap or other pantries), rather than food directly?

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• ##### Yes. They can get steep discounts(6+ / 0-)
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... that we could never meet at retail. Plus they can put the money toward the foods most needed at a given time.

• ##### Oh, I see. I'll go search Aji's diary.(4+ / 0-)
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Thanks!

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• ##### Sorry, I got distracted(4+ / 0-)
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• ##### No worries, you pointed me in the right direction.(4+ / 0-)
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Gotta toddle off, but I'm saving it to read.

Thanks for all you're doing.

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• ##### Thanks, hon!(6+ / 0-)

Sorry I missed this last night; dealing with RL stuff the last couple of days, and no time online.

Let me see what we can do by the end of the week.

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• ##### As you can see(5+ / 0-)
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last night, the turnout was great here!

Lets see if we need the ...eh hem... heavy hitter, by the end of the week!

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• ##### I haven't actually even been to that diary. :-)(6+ / 0-)

Just sat down and your e-mail popped up, so I came over. :-)

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• ##### Watch for a warm clothes for kids in Isabel diary(6+ / 0-)

coming November 25th.  This heads up brought to you by someone who needs two weeks to put a diary together.

Keep a sharp eye over the next two weeks for great bargains on gloves, socks, blankets and other things to keep little fingers and toes warm this winter!

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• ##### LOL @ . . .(5+ / 0-)
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"someone who needs two weeks to put a diary together."

Yup, I know how you feel.  And will do. :-)

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• ##### I have diary drafts that last so long they go out (3+ / 0-)
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of date.  (Like my pre-election "You wanna play the 'impugn their ancestry' game, Republicans?" rant, which now never need be seen.  g

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• ##### Jee.Zus.(5+ / 0-)

Kinda glad I missed it, tellyathetruth.

Let's hope the . . . ahem . . . lecture brigade stays home this time.

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• ##### Oh yeah(4+ / 0-)
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I stay pretty quiet on those. It gets tiring.

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• ##### Sent a bit to ChipIn, and earlier tonight(4+ / 0-)
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I ordered something at QVC, there's a 2% donation there to IGive.

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• ##### Thanks...(3+ / 0-)
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and you're reminding me to put the iGive info in the diary. Will do now.

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• ##### I'm in for dinner for 2 people...(4+ / 0-)
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Just sent via ChipIn.

• ##### Thank you so much(4+ / 0-)
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I like giving like that because then when you see the pictures afterward you can imagine which ones had "your" turkey!

Blessings...

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• ##### My family wanted to contribute more(3+ / 0-)
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So, I've just added another donation. :-)

• ##### So THAT'S where that came from!!!(4+ / 0-)
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I have to tell you I'm on Facebook with Cindy's daughter Emily and there are happy dances happening over there! We are now assured of the 50 turkeys. Full dinner is icing on the cake for the rest of the week.

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• ##### Hooray!(4+ / 0-)
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That's wonderful news! I hope for a full buffet with all the fixin's!

• ##### On that happy note, I am going to watch a little(4+ / 0-)

TV news with my eyes closed.  I'll check back in the morning for more news from here!

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• ##### Thanks weck(4+ / 0-)
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for being such a diehard. Really appreciate everything you do.

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• ##### betson(5+ / 0-)

is the women's shelter still going?  i have some knitted women's items . . .

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• ##### It is actually(4+ / 0-)
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a little smaller version than when Georgia was running it, but yes.The blog is still up too...

You can also send them to the pantry by the way. They're giving away clothes too. That website is here.

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• ##### thanks!(4+ / 0-)
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i try to do what i can to help.

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• ##### Greatly appreciated(4+ / 0-)
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Thank you for your generosity and time.

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• ##### Blog doesn't seem to be there....(4+ / 0-)
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This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

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• ##### I was able to put it up(3+ / 0-)
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http://www.prettybirdwomanhouse.blogspot.com/

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www.prettybirdwomanhouse.blogspot.com

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• ##### HAPPY BIRTHDAY CINDY !!(4+ / 0-)

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• ##### Having trouble opening the site(3+ / 0-)
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anybody else? Very difficult to comment or edit the diary. If I'm not seeming like I'm here....well I'm trying.....

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• ##### Working ok for me right now,(3+ / 0-)
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as long as I don't open too many sites (or sites with too many scripts) at once.

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• ##### Thanks(3+ / 0-)
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It might be me. Time Warner service has been really sucking lately.

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• ##### If you're on the east coast(4+ / 0-)
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Sandy has totally messed up some of the routing for the big fiber trunks that run through NY, NJ and CT. Connections through any of those regional hubs can be slow enough to cause most browsers to time-out, depending on where you get routed on the way to wherever you're trying to surf.

Firefox has the longest default time-out interval, so if you're using another browser, you may find that you reach sites better if you use it, instead of IE, Safari, or Chrome.

• ##### Thanks, that helps(3+ / 0-)
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I'm in Albany but I take it that the DKos server is in NYC. Thee loading issues are sporadic but frustrating.

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• ##### Also, Albany is taking up much of the slack(3+ / 0-)
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From the damaged routers in NYC - it's one of the few alternate routes for the entire Boston Metro area's traffic. It's kind of amusing that some sites south of the NYC metro area load faster if the connection bounces through Europe than if it tries to route through NYC.

• ##### Even better, because tonight(2+ / 0-)
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• ##### i'm in, betson08.(4+ / 0-)
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send a few bucks y'alls way.

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• ##### BUBBA!!!! Already saw the jump(3+ / 0-)
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Thanks!!! You put us technically there for the turkeys alone. Now we'll work on the fixins for the rest of the week.

Thanks!!

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• ##### Folks we're up to \$1295!!!(5+ / 0-)

(in case you have a stuck cache, like me!)

Thank you all!!!

Turkeys here we come!

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• ##### Now it's \$1800(1+ / 0-)
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PSYCHED!!!

YOU ALL ROCK!!

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• ##### Hooray! I can kick in a few \$ tomorrow.(2+ / 0-)
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and this Saturday we're having a Motor City Kossacks meet-up so I can pass the hat (or the glass) there, too.
Great idea! :)

I'm seeking to organize DKos members in SE Michigan--roughly, from the Ohio line at Lake Erie NE to Port Huron, W to Flint and back S from there. If you'd like to join our new group, Motor City Kossacks (working title), please Kosmail me.

• ##### Great idea(0+ / 0-)

Thanks kate!

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• ##### Charity? Or Murder?(0+ / 0-)

http://www.peta.org/...

Did you know that turkeys, like all birds, are exempt from the Humane Slaughter Act? That means they don't even have the right to be rendered unconscious before their throats are slit. Oftentimes they are dipped in scalding hot water for defeathering before they lose conscious from blood loss.

If you assume that turkeys and other farm animals are sentient, conscious, sensitive beings who seek pleasure and avoid suffering then you should ask yourselves why it's okay to inflict so much violence on them for the sake of culinary pleasure.

Might I suggest putting the money towards Tofurky roasts instead? They are unbelievably delicious, healthier, and cruelty-free.

The day may come, when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.

• ##### You do a lot of assuming yourself.(1+ / 0-)
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Such as assuming that just because turkeys are exempt from such regulation that every turkey is actually killed in the least humane way possible.  I would suspect that it varies from farm to farm, especially if you're not getting them from factory farmers.

I've also tried tofu - it tastes like crap.  I'd eat pretty much anything else before I'd eat 'tofurkey'.  Brussels sprouts are far superior to it, for instance.

• ##### Tried Tofurkey last year(0+ / 0-)

HATED it. Salty mess!  I'd rather just have the stuffing and anything else too....

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• ##### Where do I make that assumption?(0+ / 0-)

It's true that all turkeys (well at least 99%) have their throats slit without being rendered unconscious first. That's a fact.

All turkeys, unless you are buying from a specialty farm, are raised by the thousands in crowded industrial barns. They create lakes of waste, clouds of ammonia, and contribute to the spread of super bugs due to the constant stream of prophylactic antibiotics in their feed. But I digress from the animal cruelty angle.

Discrete acts of violence -- such as random beatings or being scalded alive before losing consciousness from blood loss at slaughter -- do not happen to "every turkey". That's ridiculous and nowhere do I say that. But even if we assume that special acts of cruelty like that (beyond the crowded conditions, violent slaughter, and grueling transport from factory to slaughterhouse that virtually all turkeys endure) occur just 1% of the time, query whether you are nonetheless justified supporting the product. You are participating in a lottery where a certain number, like 1%, are inevitably going to be subject to abnormally cruel special acts of violence. The industry resists all efforts are regulation and has even carved out an exemption from animal cruelty laws in most states as "standard agricultural practices".

By all means eat brussel sprouts instead of tofu. Or legumes. Or any of the other countless forms of cruelty-free protein that you can acquire. I simply plead with you to refrain from supporting the unnecessary violent infliction of pain and suffering on sensitive, sentient beings like turkeys.

The day may come, when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.

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• ##### donated last night(2+ / 0-)
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should be able to add a bit more later this week

up to almost 1800 wow

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• ##### Thanks Mollyd(0+ / 0-)

for being such a reliable supporter!

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• ##### its thursday.. another bit(0+ / 0-)

thrown in the pot

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• ##### What if we took a page from(1+ / 0-)
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some of the international groups and sent them live chicks, rabbits, alpacas, etc.?

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• ##### That would be a nice(0+ / 0-)

project for the whole reservation for the long term. I wonder how we could do that with the pantry.

For now though, it's high unemployment season and there isn't enough to eat.

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• ##### Added a tiny amount...(2+ / 0-)
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Still tossing out resumes, and willing to work for minimum wage as an RN in a hospital for a year if they'd just hire me, sigh.  I need that 1 year minimum paid work to qualify for so many more positions, dammit.

• ##### Thanks Erich! Happened to my cousin(0+ / 0-)

she was tortured somewhere horrible for a year before getting a better job - this is in PA so I have hope for you.

I"m sending out resumes too while doing this - have to get back to NYC and a more interesting job. Lots of the time I feel very scattered....hopefully we'll get something better in 2013!

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• ##### I just want any RN hospital job.(0+ / 0-)

I'll work minimum wage, as long as I get that 1 year experience.  After that I'll worry about a living wage.  Stopped back in to see if more donations were coming in, glad to see it's gone from 1800 to 2250 since I last saw the widget :)