Black Hills State University is sponsoring the 9th Annual Red Shirt Cultural Holiday Exchange, which includes a collection of toys and funds along with at visit by BHSU students to the Red Shirt School. The event, which began as two-student project in 2000, has grown into a campus wide event with participation numerous organizations.
The program kicks off with the placement of angel gift trees in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union and the E.Y. Berry Library. Participants are encouraged to take an “angel” and place an unwrapped toy under the tree. This year the University Bookstore is donating school supplies and university label athletic clothing. The BHSU Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources (CCBR) Lab will once again generously supply filled stockings for Red Shirt students. Funds received will ensure that each child’s wish is fulfilled. Monetary donations, new clothing, books, school or basic first-aid kit medical supplies will also be accepted. The donation deadline is Friday, Dec. 4th. Drop off sites on campus include the Student Union, Young Center, Meier Hall, Woodburn Hall and Jonas Hall, Room 103.
The Spearfish and BHSU Community will once again join to celebrate the holidays with the Red Shirt Table School and community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This year several students, faculty, staff and alumni will spend the entire day in classrooms, in addition to the party and gift exchange at the end of the school day.
BHSU organizations taking part in this event include: Lakota Omniciye, the Center for American Indian Studies, Office of Civic Engagement, Tiospaye, Inc., and the University Bookstore.
“Your contributions for this worthy cause will help make this year’s Holiday Exchange a memorable event,” says Jace DeCory. “Thank you and happy holidays!”
For more information contact DeCory at 642-6295, DeVina Red Horse at 641-4459, or Urla Marcus at 642-6578.