Whidbey Islanders work to clothe Sioux children


A clothing drive is under way on South Whidbey to help school children on the Nakota Sioux Reservation, Lake Andes, S.D.

Island women are inviting others to help work to gather good used clothing for Nakota Sioux children, ages 5 to 15, who started a new school year Aug. 20.

A call for help has come from Anita Sanchez, a Nakota Sioux grandmother who has worked for many years to see that the children of her community have basic necessities.

“Anita is known to us personally and we have been to the reservation and know the need is great,” said Claudia Walker, a member of the island group.

Others include Jeanne Lepisto, Mully Mulally, Shanti Loustanou, Sally Goodwin, Diane Watts, Georgina Silby, Maureen Freehill and Amy Walker.

Drop off sites include:

Langley United Methodist Church lobby at Third and Anthes,

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 221-4233.

Freeland: Island Home Nursing, 5529 S. Harbor Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 331-7441.

Bring clean clothing that a child or teen would feel good wearing. Among the needs are socks and shoes, winter boots, pants, shirts and sweaters, winter jackets, hats and gloves.

Clothing may be donated until Monday, Sept. 3, when the clothes will be gathered and sent to the Reservation.


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