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Give the Gift of Hope

Ranelle with her stuffed bear from SWIRC

The holiday season is a time of joyous celebrations filled with food, friends, and presents for millions — but not so for many Native Americans. Remembering Native American children and Elders will have a lasting impact that goes far beyond the holidays… just as our work throughout the year touches the lives of so many time and time again. Reservation programs look to us all year to lessen the hardships and improve quality of life on the reservations, and they are counting on us to do the same for the holidays. The most important thing we provide is hope.

Please consider giving a gift to help spread Holiday cheer, and help us distribute needed items such as Christmas stockings, winter fuel, and food.

Once you've made your purchase, you'll be given the option of sending a Holiday eCard letting loved ones know you've made a lasting gift in their honor.

Gift products are presented for donation purposes only and are not available for individual sale. We apologize but only one honorary Holiday eCard is permitted per transaction. If you have more than one person to honor, please make separate donations.

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Click here for more information about Cheer a Child with a Christmas Stocking

Cheer a Child with a Christmas Stocking
Our Christmas stockings are sure to bring a smile to a child's face. We deliver thousands of stockings filled with items like gloves, band-aids, toys, art supplies, treats and candy.* We know that this stocking may be the only gift a child receives, so we take special care in selecting items they will like. (* items may vary)


Click here for more information about Help a Friend in Need with Emergency Relief

Help a Friend in Need with Emergency Relief
We all hope disaster never strikes but, inevitably, it does in the form of a blizzard or flood or wildfire. When an environmental emergency occurs for reservations in the Southwest desert, the storms can be severe and leave many Native Americans without heat, homes or help. Imagine finding yourself in this situation without access to a telephone or transportation or even a flashlight. It's too late then to stock up on emergency supplies and doing so is a luxury many Native American families cannot afford. A gift of $35 will help us stock our warehouse with emergency relief products such as blankets, gloves, flashlights, batteries, bottled water and dry goods. Give a gift to support our emergency services through our Navajo Relief Fund program. As a first responder for disaster relief, help us be ready "before" disaster strikes so that we can get there fast when help is needed.


Click here for more information about Keep an Elder Warm with Firewood

Keep an Elder Warm with Firewood
Many of the people we serve in the Southwest use wood as their source of heat in the winter - and even some summer nights. Others may use it for cooking, which is a year-round need. It is difficult for Elders to haul their own wood or to afford to purchase it from a vendor. We hire local people to chop wood and deliver to Elders. Each Elder receives a cord of wood delivered to their home.


Click here for more information about Provide Contact with a Food Box

Provide Contact with a Food Box
You can take part in SWIRC's commitment to reaching isolated Elders, which provides additional opportunities for human contact. For only $25, you can help provide food boxes for about an Elder living in remote, struggling communities. Community volunteers first assist our staff in assembling boxes of food supplies, encouraging active community involvement. Then, the assembled boxes are distributed to Elders who come into the ENC or Senior Center to eat their hot lunches, or they are delivered to the Elders who are homebound and receive daily meal deliveries. Boxes contain a supply of non-perishable food including rice, beans, pasta, canned fruit, canned vegetables, soup, peanut butter, cereal, dry milk and other like items.* Each box is intended to have 40 servings of food, supplementing their often meager meals. (* Items may vary.)


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