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The annual Red Shirt Cultural Holiday Exchange, a toy and fund drive for the Red Shirt School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was deemed a success this year due to the continued generosity and support of the community, students, faculty, and staff.

“We are so thankful to the many ‘angels’ who supplied gifts and monetary donations,” Jace DeCory, coordinator of the holiday exchange program and assistant professor of history and social science. “The Red Shirt students were overwhelmed with our community generosity and their thank you notes show their heartfelt appreciation.”

The holiday exchange program sends a special thanks to all of those who gave donations and their time to help with the project. Businesses and organizations who donated their time or gifts include: BHSU Student Ambassadors and Canyon Hills students for wrapping presents; BHSU Bookstore for donating supplies and clothing/gear; BHSU student Gus Tibbitts for being a super Santa; the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources for beautifully decorated holiday sacks; Dr. James Awbrey’s sociology classes for the donation to buy extra gifts and Dr. Sandra Marker’s collection of school supplies; Dr. Robin Carmody’s early childhood students at Bay State College in Boston, Mass., for the household goods and school supplies; Aaron Koski, K-Mart Manager and BHSU alumni, for the great deal on snow boots; Wal-Mart’s generosity for this year’s event and the head start for next year; BHSU Multicultural Committee for securing funding for travel costs to deliver the gifts; and finally, the BHSU students and staff who made the trip to Red Shirt School.

For more information contact DeCory at 605-642-6295 or Jace.DeCory@BHSU.edu.