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Santa Claus Comes to a Record 1,700-Plus Children in This Year’s Christmas Toy Drive

Santa Claus Comes to a Record 1,700-Plus Children in This Year’s Christmas Toy Drive

It’s official: The Cheyenne River Youth Project served a record number of children in its 29th annual Christmas Toy Drive. The nonprofit, grassroots organization also has released touching photographs from this year’s drive. CRYP brought Santa Claus to more than 1,700 children across 20 reservation communities in 2018, a herculean task that was made possible… Continue Reading

Annual Winter Coat Distribution Scheduled for Jan. 23

Annual Winter Coat Distribution Scheduled for Jan. 23

On Wednesday, Jan. 23,  the Cheyenne River Youth Project will host its annual Winter Coat Distribution at its Eagle Butte campus. From 1 to 6 p.m., the nonprofit community organization will be distributing winter coats to members of CRYP Family Services program. With the support of a variety of donors from across the country, including… Continue Reading

CRYP Unites Donors & Volunteers to Create Real-Life Santa’s Workshop

CRYP Unites Donors & Volunteers to Create Real-Life Santa’s Workshop

Christmas is just six weeks away, which means the Cheyenne River Youth Project is working hard to make sure Santa Claus will bring holiday cheer to more than 1,500 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. Staff members putting together the annual Santa’s Workshop at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) in Eagle… Continue Reading

The 2018 Christmas Toy Drive is Officially Under Way

The 2018 Christmas Toy Drive is Officially Under Way

For most people, October means fall decorations, carving pumpkins and planning costumes. At the Cheyenne River Youth Project, however, October means Christmas.  CRYP has officially launched its 2018 Christmas Toy Drive, which serves more than 1,500 children in 20 communities across South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. The grassroots, nonprofit youth organization is… Continue Reading

Discounted Family Services Memberships in October; Don’t Forget Your “Dear Santa” Letters!

Discounted Family Services Memberships in October; Don’t Forget Your “Dear Santa” Letters!

Throughout the month of October, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation residents who renew their Family Services membership with CRYP will receive a $5 discount off the annual membership fee. Those who renew before the end of the month will pay $25 per household instead of $30. In addition, when each family turns in its application and… Continue Reading

CRYP Gives School Supplies to More Than 600 Children

CRYP Gives School Supplies to More Than 600 Children

This year, CRYP was able to give school supplies to more than 600 children through its annual School Supplies Drive. The kids and their families received those supplies—as well as books, fleeces, shoes, soap and dental kits—during an official distribution event on Thursday, Aug. 16 in the youth project’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) gymnasium.… Continue Reading

Annual Winter Clothing Distribution is Scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12

Annual Winter Clothing Distribution is Scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12

This Friday, Jan. 12, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will host a Winter Clothing Distribution at its Eagle Butte campus. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the nonprofit community organization will be distributing winter coats, snow boots and scarves, provided through Alexandria, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth; children’s books also will be available.… Continue Reading

2017 Christmas Toy Drive Brought Santa to More than 1,500 Children

2017 Christmas Toy Drive Brought Santa to More than 1,500 Children

Once again, the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s small staff, dedicated band of volunteers, and wide range of generous donors brought Santa Claus to South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. And, they managed to top last year by serving an additional 200-plus children. According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, this year’s Christmas Toy Drive served… Continue Reading

October Hall of Fame: Alyson Potter

October Hall of Fame: Alyson Potter

More than a decade ago, a Cheyenne River teen named Anthony Potter was a regular around CRYP’s “The Main” youth center, offering volunteer service wherever and whenever it was needed. Fast forward to 2017, and quite a bit has changed: For starters, the youth project has expanded beyond The Main and is now a 5-acre… Continue Reading

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