A Heart For Pine Ridge

Helping our Oglala Lakota brothers and sisters on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota USA

News & Current Fundraisers

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This Winter 2012/2013

Posted by Kimberli Maloy on October 15, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Two things are happening over the winter. First and foremost we are collecting funds for emergency propane again, there is also a program we can pool our funds for that purchases a good supply of firewood. That program is through One Spirit and it not only helps keep homes warm, but it employs the Lakota Oyate so they can provide for their families. Both efforts will help families or Elders that may otherwise freeze or suffer the harsh cold winter months on the reservation.

The second effort is gathering food and personal care items (as well as assorted school supplies, always in need) that will be delivered in late NOVEMBER. If you would like to contribute but live out of our area (Eastern Iowa) you may check WalMart or your favorite online grocer/store and choose the items you'd like to donate and have them shipped here. We only suggest WalMart as we know they offer free shipping on many orders. Please ship items by November 10th to ensure they will arrive before we load the truck and head West to the Pine Ridge Reservation where items will be distributed to Elders and families in outlying regions.

Ship all items to:

A Heart For Pine Ridge

c/o Kimberli Maloy

210 16th Avenue SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2820

A complete list of items needed can by obtained by emailing us via the contact page.

Thank you for having a Heart For Pine Ridge

Current Fundraiser -- Coupon Books "Enjoy the City"

Posted by Kimberli Maloy on January 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This is our current (local) fundraiser for HFPR. Need as always is great, this winter has been mild but as we know it won't last. Please consider a donation or purchase merchandise from the merchandise page or buy one of these awesome coupon books (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and surrounding area businesses). Free local delivery or can be shipped.

ENJOY THE CITY COUPON BOOKS offer $1000s in savings for a mere $20. Coupons good for one year at these businesses (many are buy one get one free deals):


Al & Irene's, Aladdin, Austin Blues, Blimpie, Bobby T's, Brickside Cafe, Brogan's, Bubba's, Burger King, Casa Las Glorias, Cafe del Sol, Casa Tequila, Charley's Grilled Subs, Chick-fil-A, Coffeesmiths, The Colony Inn, Cookies & More, Cranky Hanks, Deanoz, Ditto's, Domino's, El Cactus, El Perico, El Ranchero, El Rancho, El Super Burrito, Fair Grounds, Fazoli's, Fiesta del Sol, Garden of Eat'n, Genghis Grill, Godfather's, Golden Egg, Great American Cookies, Gringo's, Gumby's, Hot Harry's, The House of Lord's, Java Junction, Konomi, La Guanajuato, Leo's, Los Potrillos, Mesa Pizza, Michello's, Midtown, Miguel's, Monty's, Naso's, Nelson's, Okoboji Grill, Old Chicago, The Olive Tree, Papa Juan's, Papa's Pita, Paul Revere's Pizza, Perkins, Pita 'z, Praire Soup, The, Pizza on Dubuque, Pizza Ranch, Prairie Soup, Quinton's, Red's Public House, Rise N' Dine, Ronneburg, Salsa del Rio, Sam's, Scott's, Shogun, Spring House, Star Bar & Grill, Stefano's, Sub King Deli, Taco John's, Tubrosa Pizza Factory, Vito's, The Wedge, Which Wich, Xavier's, Z'Mariks, Zins


African American Museum of Iowa, Anamosa Bowling, Berry Lanes, Inc, Cedar Rapids Bowling Center, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Collins Road Theatres, Coral Ridge Ice Arena, Finkbine Golf, Hawkeye Downs Speedway, HI Point, Hillcrest Golf, Iowa Children's Museum, Kalona, Marion Bowl, May City Bowl, Meadowview Golf, Par-Tee Zone, Penguins, Perfect Game, Planet X, The Playstation, Quail Creek, Riverside Theatre, Vinton, Westdale Bowling.


Alamo, Avis, Budget, Capri College, Dick's, Doris' Flower Shop, Eichers Flowers, Enterprise, Flower Shoppe Etc,Jiffy Lube, Knipfer Flowers, North Liberty FlowerShop, Sport Clips, Sueppel's Flowers Inc, Tuffy.

End of 2011 Updates

Posted by Kimberli Maloy on December 28, 2011 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello, friends;

As 2011 comes to a close we just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported HFPR whether it be in prayer, by sharing links to the website, "like"ing us on Facebook, purchasing merchandise and even sending cash donations to assist in purchasing emergency propane.

In the fall we took a trip in to the reservation & helped deliver food for One Spirit as well as care packages containing first aid and personal care items, non-perishables and school supplies that we had gathered here locally. The time went fast, but a lot was accomplished in short order. Many children living in a safe house received backpacks and school supplies to make their time at school easier and maybe even a little bit more fun.

I'd like to take a minute to put something into perspective for you. Where we come from -- in town where natural gas is our main source of heat -- people who can't afford their bills sometimes get assistance. Others cannot pay what they do owe, but there is a rule in effect that the gas cannot be shut off until April. We are so lucky. On the reservation, the main sources of heat in the harsh winters are propane and wood with sometimes dangerous electric space heaters used when propane or wood runs out. You see, when the propane is gone it's not a matter of being "shut off". The people have to come up with $125 (the minimum for delivery) before they receive more propane. Last year with your help 11 families received that minimum. Now the clincher -- it lasts about 8 days when the weather is *mild*. This means that, on average, it costs about $600 a month to heat a home on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  There is a small assistance program that may give one time $250-300 that I've heard of, but that's just a drop in the bucket when you think of what it costs to heat a home for an entire winter -- most times October to late March or into April. Total cost for six months with no help? About $3600, more when the weather is harsh. With an annual income of less than $5000 that leaves you a little over $1000 a year to feed, clothe and care for your family. See why the need is so great and why your gifts are so important?

So far this year we have helped three families in obtaining propane when temperatures dipped below the freezing mark as early as late October. I must say, funds in the HFPR account were limited so at one point my husband and I made up the difference and another time a wonderful non-profit called One Spirit made up the rest. Special thanks to Jeri and the team there for ensuring that a mom caring for her young song & niece could heat their home safely.

Please share this site with any you can. I truly believe that the biggest thing we can do to help our brothers & sisters on the Pine Ridge reservation is to RAISE AWARENESS. Most people don't even know such conditions exist in our own country...

Thank you for having a Heart for Pine Ridge,



Posted by Kimberli Maloy on April 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday, April 23 we will be holding a benefit show here in Cedar Rapids, IA to share some of the beautiful Lakota culture, raise awareness of living conditions on the reservation and gather funds for One Spirit's (www.NativeProgress.org) efforts to assist the Lakota people on the reservation in building Youth Shelters. We will also be taking donations of cash or non-perishable items for A Heart For Pine Ridge's efforts to deliver emergency propane in the Winter & care packages annually.


Featured Guest at the event will be Lawrence Swallow (www.tiikcekatokaheya.com) from the Pine Ridge reservation sharing the Lakota Creation story, traditional song & more. Mr. Swallow was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation and raised in the towns of Pine Ridge, Wanblee & Rosebud, South Dakota. He holds a bachelor's degree in Communications & served with the United States Navy. Larry's cultural accomplishments include nine years Sundancing, one year Vision Quest, learning and researching the Lakota customs and traditions, thought/philosophy and conducting the Seven Sacred Social Ceremonies for his community and family. He is the son of Alma Winters and Alexander Swallow, with Grandfathers Red Cloud, Standing Elk, Menard and Sitting Up. As a story teller, singer and presenter he combines the best in oral tradition as handed down for centuries by the Buffalo Calf People, with contemporary social dilemma and structure.


Guest speaker will be Dan Ross, a young musician from Illinois who is embarking on a peace walk from his home in Rockford that will stop on the Pine Ridge reservation and continue until he reaches the Oregon coast. Dan is focused on making a difference with each step he makes and is dedicating his walk and any donations received to the efforts of One Spirit to assist the people on the reservation in building a much needed Youth Shelter. Dan will be speaking about his journey so far & what his inspiration was, his recent trip to the reservation (from an outsider's perspective) and sharing a power-point from One Spirit. You can learn of One Spirit's efforts and find links to info on Dan's walk on the One Spirit Website www.NativeProgress.org



There will be a time for questions & answers after each presenter.



Seating will be very limited for this event, so please contact us immediately if you are interested in attending. Cost is $10 in advance (see merchandise page for ordering) or $12 at the door at 1029 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.


No carry in food or drink will be allowed,  drinks & food items will be available for a small donation at the event.


Please share this with everyone you know that may be in this area or interested in traveling to hear these amazing men share.


Every step we take toward raising awareness of life on the reservation is one toward helping alleviate the problem, even in some small way.



Call "A Heart For Pine Ridge" with any questions 319-270-0975


Wopila! (thanks!)


Kimberli Maloy

A Heart For Pine Ridge 


Updates, Current Fundraisers, Future Efforts

Posted by Kimberli Maloy on March 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM Comments comments (0)


I want to thank everyone who has contributed this past Winter. With your generous gifts of money & prayers, A Heart For Pine Ridge was able to provide emergency propane to six families and assist with emergency electrical funds for two more.

With that success in mind, I still want to remind you that the need is *ongoing*. There are still families, elders and disabled who are struggling to get through the remaining weeks of Winter.

If you can spare a dollar... two... ten... even a hundred, the impact can be even greater.

Alternately, you can share our website link with your friends & family, check out the merchandise in our little store or email [email protected] to request an informational flyer that you can print and post at your place of business or share in your churches or grocery stores.

I often say that the greatest thing any of us can do is to raise awareness of the situation on the Pine Ridge reservation. There are so many people who are completely unaware of the conditions and statistics -- if more knew, more would be willing to help and we can make that much more of an impact!

Wopila (thanks),

Kimberli Maloy, founder


**You may click the "MERCHANDISE" tab on this site to browse our little collection of items available for sale. As always, 100% of those proceeds will go toward emergency propane or care packages, depending on the time of year. New items will be added this week including a locally produced CD and an original, signed, 8x10 print of "A Heart For Pine Ridge" by the group's founder, Kimberli Maloy.Watch for Lakota-crafted items to be made available this summer.

**ENJOY THE CITY COUPON BOOKS for the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City (Iowa) area are available until March 12th. Books include $5000 of savings on dozens of area restaurants, museums, movie theaters, car rentals, florists, oil changes and more (many are buy one get one free meals!) with an expiration date of December 2011. Free delivery in Cedar Rapids, free shipping to those outside of Cedar Rapids.

**DONATIONS for PROPANE are still being accepted, either by using the link on this site to send via paypal (or with credit card) or by sending a check payable to "A Heart For Pine Ridge" to:


210 16th Avenue SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

**WE'RE COMIN' BACK, a CD that was dedicated to the flood recovery efforts for the Cedar Rapids area (funding for "Flood Them With Love") has been gifted to A Heart For Pine Ridge to assist us in raising funds. Since Flood Them With Love has closed their doors, they have helped us to open another door with this CD. Local (Eastern Iowa) artists such as Gayla Drake Paul , Craig Erickson, Gerard Estella, Steve & Ruth Armstrong, Angie Pierce Jennings, Kimberli Maloy, Rodney Dugan, Gary Gibson and more sing songs about the waters rising & receding, about loss & hope. All proceeds will go to A Heart For Pine Ridge and our efforts to provide emergency propane and care packages.


Beginning in mid-April, we will shift into "care package" mode. There are two seasons with AHFPR: Cold and not cold. When it's cold, we provide warmth; when it's not we still ban together to collect items for care packages (non-perishable food items, personal care supplies) that are delivered to elders, families and the disabled in outlying regions of the reservation. In the late summer/fall we extend this effort to collecting basic school supplies & backpacks for the children. A list of items will be posted soon with suggestions on the best way to collect, order or send them. We will also continue taking monetary donations and will purchase fresh fruits & vegetables this year to suppliment the non-perishable items.


Posted by Kimberli Maloy on January 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Last year, as I'd already mentioned, conditions were incredibly harsh on not only the Pine Ridge Reservation, but the Cheyenne River as well. Power lines were snapped, roads were inaccessible, people suffered greatly -- especially the elderly and ill.

I have made a request to my friends on Facebook (as well as the Facebook Fan Page for "A Heart For Pine Ridge") to contribute ONE DOLLAR EACH. To many of us, one dollar is nothing, but if each of my Facebook friends & all the fans of the HFPR group on Facebook chipped in one single dollar, together we could deliver emergency propane to a dozen elders, families or disabled in need of propane. Just think what we could do if we each shared the idea with a couple of friends!

I've also asked my family & friends that they donate in lieu of birthday gifts for me this year, so this campaign will go on until the week of February 1st, 2011.

Please consider chipping in and helping us to make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Spread the word! Small gifts can multiply into change for the better,

Thanks for having a Heart For Pine Ridge,


Winter On The Rez

Posted by Kimberli Maloy on December 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM Comments comments (0)

It's COLD and it's only just beginning; we have already sent our first supply of propane for a family with extended family living with them.

Please consider helping with propane/heating costs by shopping in our Heart For Pine Ridge Store (coming soon -- click "Merchandise" tab) or sending a donation to:

Kimberli Maloy

c/o HFPR

210 16th Avenue SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Or Via Paypal to:

[email protected]

Last winter (2009/2010) was brutal; ice and snow and wind storms left many living in remote regions without power, without necessary medications, without food or supplies and without being able to access roads to get to somewhere warmer or to get anyone to them to help. You can make life easier with any size donation, large or small, or by purchasing the quality items in our HFPR store.

Thank you for having a Heart For Pine Ridge,

Kimberli Maloy, Founder

New Merchandise

Posted by Kimberli Maloy on December 1, 2010 at 3:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Currently there is a set of postcards being designed by a young artist/photographer. The photos are of the Pine Ridge Reservation & surrounding areas; all funds willl be used (100%) toward propane for Elders and families on the reservation.

Please bookmark this site so you can keep in touch with us as this moves forward. Cards should be ready before Christmas 2010.

Music CD Fundraiser!

Posted by Kimberli Maloy on September 13, 2010 at 3:19 AM Comments comments (0)

Currently there is a project underway (and nearly complete) that will benefit both those who are on the giving *and* the receiving end.

Many local, regional and National independant artists have come together to create a CD with songs from many diverse backgrounds. We have both Native American and non-Native artists and everything from traditional and instrumental to blues, folk, jazz, rock, alternative and World music. There's a little of something for everyone!

Proceeds from this eclectic and wonderful project will help to provide funds for emergency propane for Elders and Families on the Pine Ridge Reservation for the Winter of 2010-2011 and beyond.

Detailed information can be found on our Facebook page or by emailing Flying Monkeys Productions at [email protected] and the CD will also be available on the merchandise page here soon.

Cost for the CD is $15 per disc plus shipping.

***Save some money by PRE-ORDERING your copy of the CD now!!***

Want to purchase a CD and pay NO SHIPPING charges? Email [email protected] to find out how! Your pre-purchase price is good until the official release of the CD, and by pre-purchasing you help us to get the money for propane sooner -- it's already needed in September!

August 2010 Pine Ridge Trip

Posted by Kimberli Maloy on September 13, 2010 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Our most recent trip to the reservation had us laden down with baby formula and school supplies. Many children had crayons, paper, markers, scissors, rulers, colored pencils, pencil boxes, glue and more because of the generosity of those with A Heart For Pine Ridge! Thanks to Denise P, Blair G, Rodney D and a local M.O.P.S. group we reached at least a couple dozen children with much needed school supplies. To watch a child's eyes sparkle and hear the excitement in their voice because of a simple box of crayons is quite humbling. It reminds us of what we have and what is important in life...

There were also several Aunties, Grandmothers and Mamas who were happy to receive the assorted brands of formula we were able to collect and deliver, and all items that were not directly distributed were left in the hands of one very giving soul near Wounded Knee who will distribute them to those in need after we left. Some office supplies were also delivered to a hard working woman who works at home writing grants and has done much for her local community.

I always know after such experiences that it is true -- we are blessed more by what we give than what we have.

Thank you to everyone who was and continues to be a part of this effort.


Founder, A Heart For Pine Ridge