Four years running, we have partnered with the Christian radio station in Sioux Falls, Life 96.5, on a monthly promotion. The radio station chooses a nonprofit in town each month to address a local need. They ask their listeners to help this organization by donating items. We have been fortunate to grow this partnership each year and be their “January ministry,” collecting warm winter items for clients at Caminando Juntos, our Latino ministry in Sioux Falls.
It has been found that many of the Latino people, who relocate to Sioux Falls, are not prepared for the harsh winter climate. They do not have warm gloves, mittens, hats or scarves to wear. Throughout the entire month of January, we work together to help provide men, women and children warm winter items.
Our partnerships have grown for this event each year. Hy-Vee has provided their seven grocery store locations each year as collection points. They also offer their stores to us for booth space to educate the shoppers on the project and bring awareness to what we are doing and the needs of our community. This year, we have included more information about Nano Nagle at the booths as we celebrate her 300th birthday. The energy has been contagious and new partners have joined us this year for collection points: three Coffea Roasterie locations in Sioux Falls and Divine Treasures Boutique in Brandon, S.D. We are ever grateful to all of the partners, knowing that together we are warming over 500 neighbors each winter!