There's something we can all do that helps the kids, increases our practices, and unites our profession of Chiropractic!
I just wanted to send out a “THANK YOU” to you and Love Has No Color members, for their participation in last week’s “Kids Fun Day”. It was a remarkable event, well organized prior to the coming out by all your members from the start. It was one of the best times that I can remember. The momentum is getting greater after each visit, children get excited, more specific focus comes out, and especially from the group on how can they help. I said in one interview, when we talk about some of the more tragic issues we face here on the reservation, suicide and suicide attempts have decreased since Love Has No Color came to our reservation. I know that we can’t specifically say this is a contributing factor, but I say, positive energy is coming out of caring and compassionate people unlike I have ever seen. Their energy is strong and uplifting, they mean what they say. Their honesty strikes deep, they have not left us. It has given our children hope!
I tell many people it is very difficult living in an environment that can suck you in, in a negative way, but with good people coming onto the reservation like the “The New Renaissance Chiropractic Group” a breath of fresh air is given, and makes one want to work harder until the next time. You all bring out the best in our people, what a gift!
As I reflect back, it has been hard for me to deal with some of the great people who left us, like Darryl Red Eagle, he was a very close friend, he was inspiring to make the changes for our people especially our children, but left us unexpectedly. His commitment lives within us, he was a great warrior looking to protect and defend the children. The warriors of the past were instilled with; fortitude, generosity, wisdom and bravery, this is still within some of our people. We can see this with the New Renaissance, a new group of warriors coming in to help us move forward and believing in our people. I think it is time to have chiropractic services here.
We are blessed to have you and others as a part of our lives, an answered prayer.
Thank you for all you do!
Kenneth Smoker Jr.
Love Has No Color is a 501(c)(3) recognized charity that helps kids to brighter futures on the Fort Peck Reservation in Poplar, MT by ending extreme hopelessness. We are having a gift drive for our Christmas on the Reservation project, which provides gifts to every kid on the Fort Peck Reservation. Over the past several years, we have collected and passed out 150,000 gifts and counting. Most people are caught totally off guard when they become aware of the third world conditions these kids must endure.
There are so many ways you can easily and painlessly help these kids:
Have a gift drive for toys and sporting goods (basketballs, soccer balls, footballs) through your office. Your patients will love getting behind humanitarian efforts that help kids.
Write a check or run your card with a donation for Christmas on the Reservation
Buy some toys yourself and donate them in your family’s name, your office’s name or in honor of someone special in your life.
For going almost 10 years, we have been helping these kids have a little more ho, ho ho during holidays
As DCs, we don’t experience many of the hardships these kids face everyday. On the reservation, DCs are revered, looked up to and inspired by. We represent hope, health and a caring that creates a brighter future. So many of these kids face bleak futures without this type of caring. This is a way that all DCs (regardless of how big or how small) can demonstrate our collective strength.
Here is the address to send your gifts:
417 13th Ave. East
**Please note they are to be sent by UPS only.
If you choose to participate in this toy drive, please let us know! We want to be able to honor and thank you on the Reservation.
Thank you for your work in the profession and the world!