Julie A. Garreau Executive Director
Alexandra Meador Youth Programs Director
Heather Steinberger Public Relations Manager
Tamara LaPlante Oce Manager
Sherri Turning Heart Youth Programs Asst.
Wiyaka Chasing Hawk Wellness Coordinator
Ben Cranham Special Projects Manager
Board of Directors
Betsy Mitchell President
Peggy Gallipo Vice President
Guthrie Ducheneaux reasurer
Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy Director
Kristy Circle Eagle Director
Michelle DuBray Director
Newly Designed T-shirts Featured in Gift Shop
The Gift Shop is now featuring newly designed t-shirts with a creative interpretation of the classic CRYP logo design. The new t-shirts come in tan and grey were designed and printed onsite by Wellness Coordinator, Wiyaka Chasing Hawk. The new t-shirts are the rst product created with our new screen printing press, donated by Chase Iron Eyes, Esq. Chasing Hawk plans to oer screen printing workshops in February to teens interested in learning the technique and creating their own designs. The new shirts sell for $20 and are not replacing the classic design.
CRYP 2009 Toy Drive Success Despite Recession
In partnership with a broad range of individuals, businesses and nonprot organizations, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® (CRYP), was once again able to bring hope and joy to the children on the Cheyenne River reservation during this past Christmas holiday. CRYP’s 2009 Christmas Toy Drive served 193 families and a total of 845 children despite the challenges of the ongoing recession.
“There are no words to adequately express how grateful we are to our many supporters,”said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director.“ Each year, they help us bring magic and Christmas cheer to a holiday that would otherwise see many families go without.”
This year, the youth project welcomed 35 volunteers from the Cheyenne River community ranging from preschoolers to elders. CRYP also hosted a Community Wrapping Party on Tuesday, December 22 so that local residents could participate in preparing gifts for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Also on hand was Benjamin Cranham, a former long-term volunteer from London who serves as the youth project’s special projects manager and Christmas Toy Drive coordinator, and nine long-term volunteers who traveled from around the country and the world to spend Christmas on Cheyenne River.
After days of working around the clock, long-term and community volunteers alike get to share the families’joy when the gifts are picked up on Christmas Eve or delivered on Christmas Day. Volunteers stage a beautiful area at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center for children to visit with Santa while their parents pick up the family’s packages, and they dress up as Santas and elves for the many Christmas Day deliveries.
Local parent Deanna Gomes perhaps best captured the community’s response to the months of fundraising, organizing, shopping, wrapping and delivering.
“We truly appreciate everything the Cheyenne River Youth Project® does here at Christmas,”she said. “It is a blessing.”