Native American Reservation Parish Uses Council 15813 Coats for Kids Donation for Warmth and Teaching

Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church is a Native American reservation parish in Oglala, South Dakota. Annually, they host a Christmas Store were donated items are sold to the less fortunate.

“The reason for the sale is so those who benefit from it give a little rather than perpetuate the concept of always being given something,” said Sister Barb Bogenschutz, OP, Parish Life Coordinator at Our Lady of the Sioux. “We try hard here at church not to just give things and to break down the dependence of always getting things for free,” added Sister Barb.

Our Lady of the Sioux is a sister parish to Saint Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque. For this year’s Christmas Store, Saint Columbkille’s new Knights of Columbus Council 15813 sent Our Lady of the Sioux eight cases of boys and girls coats purchased through the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program.

While not all of the coats were ‘sold’, Sister Barb stated that the surplus will be saved for the Coat Sale next fall but also shared when needed.

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