Lincoln clothing drive supporting the Pine Ridge Reservation

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 5:29 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - For another year, Bill Hawkins, known around Lincoln as Farmer Bill, has started collecting clothes for people in need on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, which borders northern Nebraska.

The community is one of the most underprivileged in the country according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“There is not really the access to resources that we have here, so it’s just something that we can do as humans to look out for other human beings,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins told 10/11 NOW the Pine Ridge Reservation clothing drive supports roughly 40,000 people who need clothes for the winter. Whether it’s coats, hats or gloves, any type of winter clothes and blankets can go a long way for a community desperately in need of help.

“If I can take a whole bunch of kids up there brand new hats and gloves with a matching coat, then it’s something they can use as a Christmas present,” Hawkins said about the clothing drive. “Make me take two trucks, that’s what I challenge this whole community to. Let’s see if we can force farmer Bill to take two trucks.”

You can drop off new or gently used clothes at any of the sites below until Sunday, November 21.

The Indian Center 1100 Military Rd. outside the front entrance

Goldenrod Bakery 3947 S 48th St.

Tamayta Food Market 4025 S 48th St.

Open Harvest 1618 South St.

Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso 1624 South St.

The Mill Coffee & Tea 330 S 21st St.

The Hub Cafe 250 N 21st St.

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