Collection Drop off


We rocked our ONWT Collection today!  The picture is from a OWT drop off site in Rosebud South Dakota that was taken earlier this week.

What an honor it is to live in this beautiful place with such extraordinary, generous people. Our Big R drive was an absolute success. Jon repackaged everything possible into “liquor store” boxes so it could be easily loaded into the “big trucks”. We had over 20 boxes! Plus the bags of pet food, flats of water or bulk paper products that wouldn’t fit! Now that is pretty awesome, right???? Do you know that donation jar had right at $1200??? This was in only two hours of collection! Amazing. And is it only coincidental that $1200 is about what it costs for the truck expenses to deliver the goods? The One Nation truck is already loaded for a trip tomorrow to the Navajo Nation, but will be coming back through here on Thursday and pick up our things for the next shipment. If anyone missed today or wants to donate in the next few days, you can drop things off at Code of the West Realty in La Veta from 9-5. (You will need to wear your mask and sanitize your hands!) They will collect for the cause Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thank you Cuchara Valley!!!!!

HELP Native American regions hard hit by Covid-19


Here is your opportunity to make a difference for the Native people that are being devastated by the current pandemic.  Huajatolla Heritage Foundation will once again partner with One Nation Walking Together from Colorado Springs to collect items for vulnerable populations for the Navajo Nation as well as a variety of other tribes.  Sandy Dolak will be available with all social distancing and masking precautions in the parking lot of Big R from 1-3PM in La Veta as a drop off site to only collect items identified as the most pressing needs (see list below) to add to shipments going to Native American hot-spots for Corona-19 activity. (Please: NO clothes or furniture at this time in order to address the high virus-related needs.)  Tribal people are being affected disproportionately by the devastating pandemic.  The Navajo Nation now has the highest per-capita Covid-19 infection rate after only New York and New Jersey, and the spread is not slowing.

Not only do many Native Americans suffer from the health problems and risks that increase vulnerability to Covid-19, they also have living conditions that rival any third world country.  Often there will be many intergenerational families with upwards of 8 to 12 members living in very cramped quarters; 30% do not have running water and 40% do not even have electricity.  Conditions are deplorable.  It is estimated that the average American home consumes 100 gallons of water per day while the average Navajo home consumes seven (7) gallons per day. Water that must be hauled often from sites many miles from the home. These conditions make it almost impossible to keep the virus at bay.

The most pressing needs we are collecting right now are: nonperishable food, water, baby diapers, baby food and formula, hygiene items/toiletries, feminine hygiene, Masks (disposable and fabric), Latex Gloves, Thermometers, Finger Pulse Oximeters, Paper products, Pet Food, ¼” Elastic, 100% Cotton & Flannel Fabric, Polypropylene, Thread, Needles, Machine Needles, Cleaning Supplies, Cleaning Wipes, Liquid Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer. And as always, cash donations are always appreciated. Donations help so much in either buying items that are in short supply or help in transporting the goods to the people in need. 

If you cannot come out Saturday, you can help by making a financial donation or finding out more at One Nations website: or call or text Sandy Dolak at 719-251-1271 for more information



Ricky Tims, one of La Veta’s most talented fiber artists and generous citizens, donated over 200 yards of fabric on behalf of the Quilt Show to become fabric masks for Native American tribes. The fabric was appreciatively accepted by Kathy Turzi, Executive Director of One Nation Walking Together that is working closely with various mask makers and Native groups to provide much need fabric masks to vulnerable Lakota and Navajo populations. Native American populations are the poorest of the poor in the United States and are being disproportionately affected by the devastating effects of the corona-19 virus.

Mr. Tims has been a longtime supporter of the work of One Nation Walking together and traveled with them to the Lakota reservation several years ago to meet the many women that make star quilts. Despite dire living conditions and extreme poverty, there are many gifted quiltmakers living in South Dakota. It is in deep respect for the Native American cultures that the donation was made. To date, One Nation has been able to facilitate the delivery of over 2500 masks to persons in need.

If you are interested in helping Native people, Sandy Dolak on behalf of Huajatolla Heritage Foundation will be accepting donations in the Big R parking lot from 1-3 PM on Saturday May 16th. Please check the One Nation website: or call/ text Sandy at 719-251-1271 if you have questions on what to donate.