Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods contributes 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. This Friday's Foundry Giving Friday recipient? Sage To Saddle.
On the wind swept hills, surrounded by the bluffs of the Lakota Badlands, a group of Native American youth brush, bridle and saddle their coveted animals for an afternoon of horsemanship and laughter with close friends. Away from all too common tough home life stands a warm place to ride and finish the day's studies, a place safe from the Dakota’s harsh winter months.
Sage To Saddle is a non-profit working—with the support of the Pine Ridge reservation community—to provide an indoor horse riding arena for kids from 8-18 years old with an after school program focused on equine relationships and the responsibilities horse care involves. Rotating through arena activities and the required time for completing homework in the attached classroom, students of the program will be given the opportunity to carry on a horse nations tradition with the very animal that made their survival possible.
The arena will be open to all youth with shuttle service to and from camp weekdays only starting late October through mid-April (when Dakota winters offer little else to do and few other places to go). With snacks provided and required homework time, our youth will also be provided with the knowledge passed down through generations from paid staff and volunteers well versed in the Lakota Language, traditions of their nation and animal husbandry. See more of their beautiful work here @sagetosaddle.
If you don't need anything from us, please consider donating directly to Sage To Saddle here. If you do find yourself in need of something from us, know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.
Thanks to our dear Dakota for the nomination (we miss you!).
If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.