Shumakolowa Native Arts has partnered with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) for its second holiday season's “Giving Tree” book drive for Native children who are homeless due to domestic violence.
“Nearly 80 percent of our Native women and children who are facing homelessness for the first time this holiday season are in this position as a direct result of domestic or family violence,” said Deleana OtherBull, Executive Director of CSVANW in a press release.
OtherBull, who hopes to collect 500 culturally relevant books to distribute to shelters, stresses the emotional significance of receiving a brand-new book for children accustomed to making due with second-hand donations.
She explains that these children were often unable to bring personal belongings, and fled violent situations with little time to prepare.
“By providing a book to a Native family facing homelessness this holiday season, you are providing an opportunity for normalcy that they may not otherwise have in a shelter.”
Donors are invited to purchase new children’s books on behalf of the drive through Shumakolowa Native Arts through the end of this month. The donated books will then be distributed to more than half a dozen domestic violence shelters across New Mexico including the New Beginning Program(Zuni Pueblo and Farmington) and Ama Doo Alchini Bighan (Chinle, Navajo Nation).
“The Giving Tree book drive is our way of helping the families in greatest need each winter by giving children access to books that celebrate their heritage and invite everyone to give in the spirit of the season,” said Alejandria Rodriguez, Shumakolowa Native Arts Gift Shop Manager said in the release.
Shumakolowa Native Arts offers a broad selection of children’s books that share Pueblo and Native American stories and traditions, including such titles as Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story, Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story, and Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began.
Donors are invited to choose which titles they’d like to donate to the book drive, then complete the donation at check-out either in-store or online at www.shumakolowa.com. For web donations, the checkout code “GIVINGTREE” indicates the books are to be donated to the book drive.
Book donations can also be made in-store at Shumakolowa Native Arts at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street, NW in Albuquerque.
Shumakolowa Native Arts is running the Giving Tree Book Drive through December 31.
The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) is an organization that advocates and addresses violence against Native women and children across New Mexico and provides training, advocate support, and technical assistance for tribes, and to law enforcement seeking help in working with tribes.
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