Patti Slater, owner of Ward's Store & Bakery in De Smet, is once again teaming up with community action worker Sue Koistinen to help Kingsbury County families in need with the 29-Day Giving Challenge. The challenge began on Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 9.
People who rely on EBT cards (food stamps) cannot purchase non-edible items they might need, such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, dish soap and laundry detergent with their card.
In the past, people were asked to bring personal care and cleaning supplies they wished to donate to Ward’s Store & Bakery and fill the front window of the store. After 29 days, the items were taken to the courthouse and later distributed to area families in need before Christmas.
Because of the danger of COVID, people who wish to donate this year are being asked for cash donations instead. On Dec. 9, Koistinen will divide the money between the 90 or so people in the county who are expected to need the assistance and make up vouchers to put in the mail to people in need in Kingsbury County. Koistinen is the only person who will see the names of the people who get vouchers.
Recipients can redeem the vouchers at Maynard’s Food Center in De Smet for these needed items they cannot purchase with their EBT cards. People will not be able to buy alcohol or tobacco with their vouchers.
If you wish to donate to the 29-Day Giving Challenge, you can bring cash to Ward's Store & Bakery or mail it to Patti Slater at P.O. Box 471, De Smet, S.D. 57231.