I've encountered another way to give. I've mentioned the Friends of Pine River Reservation here before, but I hadn't realized there was a related group dedicated to creating afghans to give to different places at Pine River.
Its called Love Afghans for Pine River Reservation
and was started by Pam Wingard:
Pine Ridge Reservation is located in the southwesten part of South Dakota.
After reading about the Elders that died during an extremely harsh winter on Pine Ridge Reservation, I began collecting squares and partially used skeins from others to assemble afghans for the Elders.
This list will concentrate on afghans. One afghan can mean the difference of a cold night or a comfortable sleep. Squares of all sizes in worsted weight are welcomed. Partially used or new skeins are also accepted. Together, one square at a time, we can help those that are so in need. Come join us !
Whole afghans are accepted as well as squares and yarn. Let us know which you would like to contribute and the appropriate address will be given to you through private email.
If you don't care to join the group, but, would like to donate yarn, squares, or cash for shipping, you can send it to
Pam Wingard P. O. Box 80597
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
If you do wish to send some knitted or crocheted blocks, those measuring 6" or 12" square are the easiest to assemble.
One of the new projects the afghans will be used for is called the FoPPR Beds Project.
Specifically, the afghans being created will be used as part of the Re-Member project (described in detail at the link above):
Re-Member is a nonprofit organization located on the reservation that hosts volunteers to Pine Ridge who help build bunk beds and set them up in the homes of those families on the reservation who have none. Many of the kids who receive these beds are sleeping on one for the first time in their lives!