Children on Reservation Experience Christmas Eve with New Toys   - Good360

Children on Reservation Experience Christmas Eve with New Toys  

Organization: Unbroken Circle Project
Lives Impacted: 84+ 
Website: https://unbrokencircleproject.org/  

 Story told by: Tonya Marthaler 

 Unbroken Circle Project, located in Pembroke, NC, works with Native American youth by helping them achieve their educational goals. These youth face many barriers such as getting basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. Many do not realize the hardships these children and families experience on a daily basis. Our awareness of this altered our original plan from focusing strictly on education, to also finding ways to partner with other organizations willing to help us break through these barriers. Our vision is to support every Native American youth who desires an opportunity in an educational pursuit and/or life plan, and to bring hope and light to people, especially youth who don’t see it. 

Thanks to these donations, we will be able to distribute these gifts to the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and this means it won’t be just like any other day where the children are cold and hungry.  This day will be different because they will at least have a gift to look forward to and blankets to keep them warm.  Moments like this remind the children that they are not alone, and they bring hope to their hearts and a moment of appreciation.  

During our last drive, we delivered a Christmas tree and gifts to two young sisters who were raising their 7 younger siblings after their mom passed away a few months before. They were overcome with emotion when they received the gift of a real Christmas Eve packed with fresh food and toys.  Many of the children in our camp are affected by poverty day after day without any relief. Unfortunately, many of the children attempt suicide, which occurs more frequently during the winter months, because the children experience more hunger and colder weather. We have no idea if a Christmas gift would have made a difference in those decisions, but we do believe that this would have given them something to look forward to and remind them that people do care. Thank you to all the donors and Good360 that work together to keep our children smiling, it makes the holidays a little bit brighter.

Shari Rudolph
Shari Rudolph
shari@good360.org

Shari Rudolph is Chief Marketing Officer of Good360 and is an accomplished retail, digital commerce and media executive with a strong track record of building audience, revenue and brands. Shari’s previous experience includes management consulting as well as various executive and leadership roles at both start-ups and large media and retail e-commerce companies in Southern California, New York and Silicon Valley. She is also an adjunct professor teaching classes in marketing, advertising and entrepreneurial studies and she earned her MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.