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EAFB and Employees of United States Postal Services Help Make Magical Memories at YFS Child Care

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Brianna


Ellsworth Air Force Base’s 28th Operations Group returned to YFS Child Care to carry out a special holiday mission Thursday, December 19.

The 28th Operations Group, which includes the 28th Operations Support Squadron, 34th Bomb Squadron, 37th Bomb Squadron, and 432nd Attack Squadron, once again brought Santa and Mrs. Clause to Youth & Family Services Child Care facility and delivered toys that squadron members collected over the last several weeks for children enrolled in the YFS Child Care program. This was the seventh year the 28th OG collected and donated gifts to infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children enrolled in the program.

During the month of November and early in the month of December, YFS Child Care staff provided the names and ages of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children in their program to squadron members who then purchased and wrapped gifts for every child. Squadron members delivered more than 160 gifts to the youngsters in the YFS Child Care program.

Approximately 12 squadron members arrived with Santa on the bitter Thursday afternoon.

The idea of a toy drive started among members of the 28th OSS who wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer to an organization in the community, and make a difference in the lives of children and families.

That spirit of giving soon spread to the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons, whose members and families enthusiastically began adding to the growing pile of presents for YFS children. The 432nd Attack Squadron, a new addition to EAFB, joined in the festivities this year as well.



Santa was also able to distribute gifts that were donated to the school-aged children enrolled in YFS Child Care. Gifts for these children were purchased, wrapped, and donated by workers of Rapid City’s local United States’ Postal Service office.

Each year, workers at the post office purchase gifts for all the school age children at YFS Child Care and deliver them the morning that Santa comes to visit the kids. This year, Jeffrey Kurz, USPS Mail Carrier, and retired USPS Mail Carrier, Robert Orelup, braved the blizzard-like conditions and used their day off to come unload a truck full of gifts for the children.

Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises Collects Gifts for YFS Girls Inc. Members

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Brianna

Mary Beshara, DBE staff member (left) with Nikki, morning show host on SHE 106.3 (right) pose with a portion of the gifts they helped collect for 100 members of YFS Girls Inc.

Mary Beshara, DBE staff member (left) with Nikki, morning show host on SHE 106.3 (right) pose with a portion of the gifts they helped collect for 100 members of YFS Girls Inc.

From mid-November through Dec. 18, two stations at Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises, Classic Hits Q 92.3 and SHE 106.3, collaborated with Youth & Family Services Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City to spread some holiday cheer to 100 members of the youth organization.

Beginning in mid-November, radio show hosts from both Q 92.3 and SHE 106.3 organized cards with the name, age, and gift idea from a member from YFS Girls Inc. The radio show hosts spent the next month encouraging listeners in the community to help make these young girls’ holiday season extra special. Listeners were asked to pick up a card from the radio station and purchase a gift for one of these young ladies. Gift ideas on the cards included: socks, sweatshirts, pants, craft projects, art supplies, hair accessories, toys, movies, and a variety of other items, all which could be purchased for a reasonable price.

This year, Classic Hits Q 92.3 and SHE 106.3 and their listeners in the community were able to fill all 100 wishes of the YFS Girls Inc. members and make an additional monetary donation to Youth & Family Services.

Rick Allen, Program Director of Classic Hits Q 92.3 stated, “We do it for a couple of reasons– mainly to help out the girls of Girls Inc., but also because it’s the season of giving and caring for people. Some to these girls don’t have things that everyone else takes for granted. It’s really our listeners who are the ones stepping up to help out. We just put the message out on the air.”

Meyer and Dana Orthodontics Donate Oral Care Tree to YFS Kids

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Brianna


On December 16, Youth & Family Services received a wonderful treat from Meyer and Dana Orthodontics: A lovely Christmas tree that was beautifully decorated with oral care products!

According to Darla Hagel from Meyer and Dana Orthodontics, the tree– trimmed with silver decorations along with toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, bottles of mouthwash, and tubes of lip balm– was originally created by staff members from Meyer and Dana Orthodontics for the 34-day Community Awareness Campaign at the Rushmore Mall that benefitted Behavior Management Systems.

The tree was dropped off at Youth & Family Services’ Child Care facility at 120 E. Adams Street in Rapid City on December 16. The tree adds a bit of festive sparkle to the YFS Child Care lobby, and most importantly gives the kiddos attending YFS programs the opportunity to take home some wonderful products that will help them keep their teeth nice and healthy.

tree close up

 “We are familiar with the organization, we like the organization, and we were just happy someone could benefit from the tree,” stated Hagel.

Amanda Moriarty, YFS Child Care Director stated, “The children and families at YFS Child Care were so excited to see the wonderful tree that was donated to YFS Child Care by Meyer and Dana Dental/Orthodontics. Numerous children were overjoyed by the sheer size of the tree. The administrative staff has had the pleasure of hearing several children say “This is the biggest tree I have ever seen!” Children are being allowed to take the dental health decorations as well. It might be just toothpaste or a toothbrush, but so often so often children are not allowed to touch decorations. These children are not only are they allowed to take these decorations off the tree and bring them home, but they’re also something they will be able to use.”

Scheels Makes Donation To YFS

Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Brianna

From left to right: Connie Olson, YFS Development Director; Bob Paulson, YFS Foundation Treasurer; JC Joyce, Scheels Store Leader; Kristen Sampson, Scheels Assistant Store Leader

From left to right: Connie Olson, YFS Development Director; Bob Paulson, YFS Foundation Treasurer; JC Joyce, Scheels Store Leader; Kristen Sampson, Scheels Assistant Store Leader

On Friday, December 13, JC Joyce and Kristen Sampson from Scheels All Sports in Rapid City, SD dropped by Youth & Family Services’ facility at 120 E. Adams Street to deliver a special gift of $2,500. This gift will be used to support the services and programming that Youth & Family Services provides to more than 12,000 children and families throughout 24 counties in western South Dakota each year.

Scheels is an employee-owned, privately held business that owes its consistent success to its empowered associates, managers, and partners who think and make decisions for their individual store and the entire company. Scheels prides itself on giving back to the local communities. In 2008, Scheels gave back more than 10% of its profits to local charities and local non-profit organizations.

Scheels has been an ally of Youth & Family Services for years, supporting both of the agencies two major fundraising events, the YFS Kids Fair and the YFS Diamonds and Denim Dinner Theatre.

Rapid City Woodworkers Association Brings More Than 700 Handcrafted Wooden Toys to YFS Children

Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Brianna


Santa’s elves aren’t the only toymakers who have been busy in their workshop handcrafting items for good little girls and boys. Members of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association (RCWA) have been busy making more than 2,200 toys for children in area programs, including children in Youth & Family Services Head Start and Boys Health programsRCWA members delivered more than 700 handmade wooden toys to children at YFS on Tuesday, December 10.

The mission of the RCWA is to promote woodworking safety, skills, and knowledge for the amateur, professional, and student craftsperson. The RCWA was formed to meet the needs of the woodworkers in the Rapid City area.

Connie Olson, YFS Development Director, stated that YFS is excited about the toys they will be receiving for YFS Head Start and Boys Health children.  “The excitement in the children’s voices and the looks on their faces when they receive these hand-crafted toys is a truly heart-warming experience. For some of these children, this could be the only gift they receive this Christmas. We are truly thankful that for the generosity and support we receive from the RCWA.”