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Local organizations team up to give Pine Ridge youth a holiday to remember

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 9, 2014) – The American Advertising Federation of the Black Hills, Lakota Voice Project and Circle K, a student group at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, have teamed up to lend a hand this holiday season and help at-risk youth and suicide survivors have a holiday to remember. On Sunday, Dec. 21, ten teenagers on the Pine Ridge Reservation will receive stockings, a small gift and a warm meal donated by Mike’s Catering, Black Hills Barbeque, Anything’s Possible Catering and Nosh Mobile Eatery and Catering.

“With the holidays upon us, let us remember the youth, for it’s always a hard time. Many are without family, and every day is a struggle. These kids need things to make their bodies feel good. They are dealing with some pretty tough living conditions, and I want to make sure each young person gets something nice for the holidays.” said Yvonne “Tiny” DeCory, founder of the Bear Program, a Pine Ridge suicide prevention group.

Donations are currently being accepted to help make this event happen. The following items are suggestions, though all gifts, including cash and check donations, are welcome. Please make checks payable to AAF-Black Hills.

  • Axe body wash
  • Cologne and perfume gift-boxes
  • Face cleanser
  • Make-up gift boxes
  • Hair products
  • Earbuds
  • Thick socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarves
  • Gift cards: Amazon, iTunes, Target, Walmart

Contact Jason Alley, (605) 430-5407, to pick up donations before Dec. 19.  Donations may also be dropped off anytime at The Garage, 402 Saint Joseph Street, and SD Mines Surbeck Center, 501 East Saint Joseph Street. Items may be dropped off from 11:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Dahl Fine Arts Center, 713 7th St, as well.

Donors and members of the public are also welcome to help serve the holiday meal. Please contact Alley for details.

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About AAF-BH

The American Advertising Federation-Black Hills exists to accelerate the success of the Black Hills advertising community by acting as a catalyst for idea exchange and creative energy. It provides education, inspiration, resources and support to the community; recognizes advertising excellence; develops future leaders; and promotes the value that advertising brings to the area’s well-being. Find us online at aafblackhills.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/aafblackhills, on Twitter at twitter.com/aafblackhills and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/american-advertising-federation-black-hills.

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