LorenAshley Buford fundraising for Turn The Lights On For Christmas

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Here is a Short Video About our Fundraising Campaign "Turn The Lights On for Christmas" PLEASE Watch and SHARE*

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While some people are making a Wishlist of ipads, xbox, the latest phone.... one Tribe is simply praying to have electricity this Christmas. 

Beyond having gifts for their children or elders, one Tribe is worried if they will be able to keep them warm, have a stove to cook dinner or electric for the water pump. Oklevueha Band of Yamassee Seminole, a Native American community, has financial struggle and are unable to cover the cost of electricity for Christmas.  Some financial struggles came from unempolyment, medical bills, supporting elders' needs, government support being cut from economy, and late fees.  The entire community gets their electricity from 3 power poles, shared communaly under the tribes name. 

The electric company will be shutting off the power poles' electricity on this Wednesday December 11, 2013.  Each power pole costs $1000 to get electricity turned back on.  The electric company stated that when the community pays for the electricity payment for one power pole they will turn one power pole back on.

The tribe is doing everything possible to raise funds. Families are even offering to sew traditional patchwork (made by scraps material from their homes) as a thank you gift for  monetary donations.Several generations of mothers have passed this treasured technique to their daughters. During this time, patchwork has been an important means of income, as well as a source of cultural pride and artistic achievement.Tribal Mothers stated "they would do anything to keep the lights on for their children and elders. Sewing is what we have done throughout history for our families ... Only difference is now we will sew to turn back on the lights."  

The electricity effects light to see, heater for warmth, running water for restroom, ovens for cooking. Bring a family out of darkness this Christmas. Donate Today to turn on a community's electricty. 

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