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GOD'S CHILD Project partners at United Tribes Technical College
23 May 2011

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College began what everyone hopes will be a long-lasting partnership with the GOD'S CHILD Project, an international volunteer program that helps children and families in need.

      In May, the college's housing department became an outlet for GOD'S CHILD donations to members of the United Tribes campus community.

Montaya Massey, 3, found a cuddly friend at the Kateri Hall event. Montaya is the daughter of Genevieve Bull Head (Navajo), a United Tribes student preparing for the college’s pre-engineering program. DENNIS J. NEUMANN United Tribes News

      "They receive so many donations, part of their re-distribution is also for the local community and surrounding area," said Jamie White Mountain, on-campus coordinator of the project. "So they're working with us on a partnership here for students who need things throughout the school year."

      The GOD'S CHILD Project was founded in 1991 by international educator and human rights leader Patrick Atkinson, a native of Bismarck. The project has grown with the support of thousands of volunteers and benefactors worldwide, to where it now cares for and educates 5,000 orphaned, abandoned, and poverty-stricken children, and nearly 8,700 widowed, abandoned, and single mothers and their dependents in many of the world's poorest neighborhoods. The project also offers public education, social involvement, and specialized program services to help people and communities in need across the Upper Midwest states.

      The project's Bismarck office arranged to have three truckloads of donations delivered to United Tribes from their collection point in the capitol city. It consisted mostly of clothing and household items that were cleaned and in good, usable condition.

      White Mountain and her staff in the UTTC Housing Department found space in Kateri Hall, one of the college's brick residence buildings, and sorted and organized, and added-in some household items donated from campus. The first giveaway event was scheduled for the last week of April but was postponed to May 4 when the weather cooperated with a sunny day. It was held outdoors, adjacent to Kateri Hall, and included a light lunch for those who searched the rows of tables and discovered things they could use among the neatly arranged stacks.

      "We plan to keep working with this organization and have giveaway events for our students and tenants each semester." said White Mountain. "We especially can use household items because students often come here without them, and clothing for the winter, because we get students from all over the country."

      The GOD'S CHILD Project will continue the partnership as long as UTTC has the space to take deliveries, according to Charisse Fandrich, the organization's resource development director. Furniture was also included in a later delivery, along with more clothing, bedding, blankets, books and toys.

      For more information: UTTC Housing Department 701-255-3285 x 1352; GOD’S CHILD Project, PO BOX 1573, Bismarck, ND 58502, 701-255-7956, www.GodsChild.org, Info@GodsChild.org.


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