Aiden Stolz, a six year old from Fort Collins, Colorado, went to the Pine Ridge Reservation earlier this year to volunteer with TWP, and the visit had a very lasting impression. Aiden was exposed to the harsh living conditions at Pine Ridge, one of the poorest communities in the country. He was particularly upset with boarded up houses that failed to fully cover people’s windows. Once the harsh winter of the Great Plains hit, Aiden knew people would be struggling to stay warm.
In response to what he saw, Aiden decided to start a coat drive, with the goal of collecting 500 jackets for families at Pine Ridge by December 11th. So far, he has received 338 coats from friends, family, classmates, and perfect strangers.
Now, we would like to spread the word about this amazing little boy and how you can help the people of Pine Ridge. Many of us take a heated house for granted, but on the reservation day-to-day survival is all that is on people’s minds. Aiden hopes these jackets will help families get through the brutal South Dakota winter and we hope you can help!
There are multiple local drop-off locations for Aiden’s coat drive. Please visit the following places in Fort Collins to donate:
Trees, Water & People McGraw Elementary School
633 Remington St. 4800 Hinsdale Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524 Fort Collins, CO 80526
If you live outside Fort Collins and would like to help families stay warm this winter, you can send coats to our partner Henry Red Cloud at the following address:
Lakota Solar Enterprises
1001 Solar Warrior Rd.
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
After the coat drive ends, Aiden and his family will drive to Pine Ridge to distribute the winter jackets with the help of Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises. Please consider a donation to this important cause!