Each year, to celebrate the spirit of the season and help raise funds to support its massive Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive, the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosts an annual star quilt raffle. This year’s quilt has been christened “Winter Solstice.”
Hand-crafted by Cheyenne River tribal member Bonnie LeBeaux, the quilt evokes the cool tones of winter while also honoring Mother Nature. It depicts the wind, stars, and waniyetu (winter) moons. Winter is a time for the earth to rest under a blanket of snow, and the winter solstice marks the beginning of a special season dedicated to home, family, and storytelling.
And, we want our supporters to know that all funds raised through raffle ticket sales will benefit our Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive, which is one of our longest-running and most important programs. We’ll be serving more than 1,500 children in 20 communities across our reservation this year, which is an enormous undertaking—one we simply couldn’t manage without our friends across the country and around the world.”
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