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Okiciyap  Quilt  2013   second row center block

People are amazed at the rugged beauty of the quilt created from twelve blocks stitched together with love by the members of the DK Quilt Guild, assembled by Melanie and quilted by Bead Lady.  The proceeds from their efforts will be used to support Okiciyap (we help) Food Pantry and Youth Center, located on the Cheyenne River Reservation, in Isabel, South Dakota.

Wander below the fancy stitching to discover how you can participate by donating or bidding on this extraordinary quilt during this wonderful cross-community project. Time is getting short. We only have a week before the final auction, and the end of our blogathon seeking to replenish the food shelves via donations.

But first, let me tell you my Okiciyap story.

                                    Okiciyap logo photo Ociyapilogo.png

Like many here, I lurked for a long while before joining.  I had retired from teaching in a Vocational High School, where I offered GED instruction to students who were at the end of their rope.  Most were motivated to come to school because of their Automotive Technology or Culinary Arts classes, but were so far behind in their regular classes that they were at a high risk to drop out.

I nurtured the "young", tolerated the "hyperactive" and worked on individual strategies with the learning disabled.  The hungry got fed, the exhausted got naps and the stressed got sent for respite at the counselor or principal's office.  These kids are needy. I worked until everything was gone;  I was empty, so I retired.  

Spending time on DKos became the way a formerly enthusiastic educator could stay active, without having to return to a work setting. When Georgia Little Shield asked for help with the Food Pantry she was starting, I saw a way to become involved in the very satisfying area of GED instruction once again.  I sent to her my "Teacher's Library" and offered my support as soon as she was able to bring her new GED teacher on board.  Georgia passed away suddenly last spring, and the pantry's connection to DKos became tenuous.  To the rescue came Okiciyap (we help) Group at Daily Kos.  Dozens of people at Kos have stepped up to bring Georgia's work to fruition.

In the beginning, The Okiciyap Pantry needed so many things!!  There was a donated building to move and make ready, and the hungry residents of Isabel to feed.  Here at Kos, we astounded the volunteers in South Dakota; by banding together we brought air conditioning, a new refrigerator and computer equipment to the building.  We filled it again and again with food, school supplies, kitchen equipment and clothing. They now have fabric and craft supplies and books and office supplies.

Like a quilt, so many pieces were pulled together to make something substantial so that the town and the tribe would  notice.  Georgia's dream came true, the town of Isabel does have Okiciyap (we help) Food Pantry and Youth Center.

It is now my turn to say thank you to the many quilters who have also banded together to offer this handsome quilt for auction.  Every bit of work on it has been donated by members of the DK Quilt Guild, and every dollar in the winning bid will be donated to the food pantry.  This community makes my heart swell, and my eyes leak just a little.
UPDATE FROM SOUTH DAKOTA, OKICIYAP PANTRY    Cindy reports recent donations have now topped $1000.00 in PayPal, and she did not count any checks!!
Bidding is easy.  Leave your bid in this diary or any one of the future diaries.  The final bidding will be one week from tonight, here in the DK Quilt Guild's regularly scheduled diary.

If you prefer to bid anonymously, you can Kosmail either glorificus or me, and we will give you an anonymous number.  You can also leave an absentee bid with either one of us.

If you have questions, most answers can be found in the Rules, listed in full in this diary.

We also invite you to donate to Okiciyap Pantry at their website.

Ongoing cash support to the pantry comes when online shoppers sign up for IGive.

The following Kossacks have supported the Okiciyap Quilt Auction by writing diaries about the creation of the quilt and about the struggles and successes of the Okiciyap Pantry.

March 17        BeadLady                    Photos of the Finished Okiciyap Quilt

March 17        glorificus                                The Auction Rules  Time for the Big Show!!

March 18        Glen the Plumber      Helping the Helpers

March 19        GreyHawk            Twelve is a Community Number

March 20        Aji    Feeding the Body, Feeding the Spirit  Okiciyap (We Help)

March 21        Pam from Calif       We Quilt for Others

March 22        winifred3           Of Quilts and History

March 23        BeadLady       Okiciyap Auction Quilt

March 24        leu2500            Why this quilt ?

March 25        One Pissed Off Liberal         Okiciyap   We Help

March 26        Meteor Blades      Help the People of Cheyenne River

March 27        GreyHawk              Let the Bidding Begin

March 27        radical simplicity       We Help   That's What It's All About

March 28        Horace Boothroyd III          Two-Spirit and Okiciyap

March 28        Denise Oliver Velez            This Quilt is Not Invisable

March 29        Patriot Daily News Clearing House    Sharing the Quilters' Stories

March 29        glorificus          Okiciyap - Feeding the Hungry

March 30        Dave in Northridge     Okiciyap Quilt Auction Benefit

March 30        Zen Trainer         Why a Food Bank ?   By the Numb3rs

March 31        weck

April 1            GreyHawk

April 1            peregrine kate

April 2            navajo

April 3            Smoh

April 4            Bob Johnson

April 4            Grizzard

April 5            RLMiller

April 5            nomandates

April 6            mollyd

April 6            ninepatch

April 7            betson08      

April 7            Pam from Calif        

If you have followed us this far, you may also be interested in joining the Daily Kos Quilt Guild Auction Alliance Group. We  kosmail all members with updates through out the auction;  be the first on your block to know the newest high bid!

Originally posted to weck on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos Quilt Guild Auction Alliance, Okiciyap (we help), Community Fundraisers, DK Quilt Guild, Native American Netroots, Invisible People, and Hunger in America.

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