December 5, 2016
Help us provide books to children in need this holiday season by donating to the Giving Tree Book Drive!
November 24 – December 31, 2016 | Shumakolowa Native Arts
For the second year in a row, our friends at Shumakolowa Native Arts have partnered with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) to conduct a Giving Tree holiday book drive benefiting children who face homelessness due to domestic violence.
Will you help? We invite you to donate new children’s books to be distributed to more than half a dozen domestic violence shelters across New Mexico for children to use.
While the holiday season means joy and celebration for many of us, Deleana OtherBull, CSVANW’s Executive Director, knows that it can be an especially difficult time for our Native women and children who have been impacted by domestic violence.
“Many of these mothers have been forced to leave behind their homes and belongings to seek safety, sometimes away from their tribal community,” OtherBull says. “By providing a book to a child or family staying in a domestic violence shelter this Christmas, you help our Native women maintain a level of normalcy that they might not otherwise have. It provides them a unique opportunity to bond and connect with their children through reading, literacy, and storytelling that focuses on Native American creation stories, teachings, and values.”
Shumakolowa Native Arts offers a broad selection of children’s books that share Pueblo and Native American stories, including titles like Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story, Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story, and Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began. We invite you to choose which titles you’d like to give to these children, then complete your donation at check-out either in-store or online. For online donations, just add the checkout code “GIVINGTREE” to indicate that the books are to be donated to the book drive rather than shipped to you.