Benefiting Re-Member and the Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge, SD
How To Help: Visit our Amazon Wishlist, purchase an item, ship it to Re-Member.
How Much Does It Cost: there are items from $5 to $30 on the list (so, cheap!)
How easy is it: it's a click away...you don't even have to get up from your chair.
Why: Read on...
Happy holidays from Gamers for Humanity!
We are proud to announce our 2010 Holiday Game Drive. And let me tell you, if you want to reach out to people in America who are living in real poverty...well, this is your best opportunity.
The counties that make up the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Lakota people are, along with two other South Dakota reservations, the poorest counties in the United States (2000 US Census). This is third-world poverty, far beyond what you will see in some of the worst inner cities. It's hard for most of us to even understand.
per capita income of $4,000
8x the average diabetes rate
2x the average suicide rate
4x the average teen suicide rate
3x the infant mortality rate
only Haiti has a lower life-expectancy in the Western Hemisphere
Re-Member is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people living on the Pine Ridge Reservation. They accomplish their mission through home repair, counseling and services, bunk bed building, and generally advocating for people who cannot do so for themselves.
Our Holiday Game Drive is a simple thing, but the simplest of things can have significant impacts. All you have to do is select a game from Gamers for Humanity's Amazon.com Wishlist, and have it shipped directly to Re-Member. They will be able to distribute these games to children and families in need of the bonding and education that games can bring, and help bring a little more light to some darkened lives.
Please consider taking just a few minutes of your day, and include the children of Pine Ridge on your holiday shopping list. There is a wide selection of games on the list to choose from, and you can do it all from the confort of the chair you're sitting in.
And, if you feel like it, please stop by our forums and let people know what games you just sent on their way. It doesn't take much from each of us to make a big impact.
Our friends at Game Table Online are offering game companies quite a deal: GTO is offering matching advertising funds, up to $500, to companies who donate to the Holiday Game Drive. Are you a company in the industry, or in any industry who could use some advertising on a high-traffic online game site? Do you know anyone in a company like that? Check out the details, and help spread the word.
To ship a gift directly to Re-Member (i.e. not through the Amazon Wish List), use this address:
PO Box 5054
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Re-Member recommends using USPS, due to the lack of road signs and address markers throughout the area. If you do decide to use Fed Ex or UPS, use the following address instead:
Mile Marker 112/5 St. Ann Rd
Pine Ridge, SD 57770