You can’t always see needs. When a family is challenged financially, the struggle to keep up is often hidden well. But affording basic things like properly sized clothing and shoes, hygiene products, or even money for transportation for a growing student can be an overwhelming burden.

School Social Workers fill in the gap for students enrolled in the Sioux Falls School District. Even if you never meet a student in need, during April you CAN make a difference when you ADOPT A STUDENT!  Purchasing gift cards or donating gift cards you no longer need helps our school social workers. They can use gift cards on your behalf to provide everything from clothing to hygiene items to cab fare. Even cards for places like grocery stores, department stores, or even specialty stores are helpful. Partially used cards are welcome, too!

As our April Hands and Feet opportunity, Life 96.5 is challenging you to Adopt A Student this month by donating gift cards in any amount from any store where items can be purchased for students in need.  Gift cards for many stores can also be purchased online at the store’s website. Donated gift cards will go directly to social workers in the Sioux Falls school district, so that they can provide for the specific needs of each student.

Some of the items social workers purchase include:  shoes, boots, XL to 3XL winter coats, snow pants, large gloves, warm clothing and underwear, socks, bras, body wash & shampoo, laundry soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, taxi fare and gas. Gift cards to stores like Target, ShopKo, Kmart, Walmart, Lewis, Hyvee, Walgreens, or any gas station can go a long way toward helping social workers meet needs on the spot, by giving them the tools they need to continue to make a difference in ways both big and small to the students they oversee.

Thank you for being the Hands and Feet of Jesus!

Here’s where to bring your gift card donations:

  • You can drop off gift card donations from 8:00am- 5pm at the Instructional Planning Center (IPC) 201 E. 38th Street in Sioux Falls, 57105. Donations can also be mailed directly to the IPC.
  • Life 96.5 – our studios are located at 6300 S. Tallgrass Ave. in Southwest Sioux Falls, just west and south of the Heart Hospital.

If you have any further questions, feel free to email Traci at


4 Responses to "Life 96.5 April Hands & Feet Adopt a Student!"

  • Ronna says:

    Just to let you know, Target gift cards are back ordered on line until some undetermined future date. I ordered one to be shipped directly to the Instructional Planning Center, but it probably won’t arrive in April. Very sorry!

    1. lbanik says:

      Oh wow Ronna!! That’s good to know..thanks so much for the heads up and no worries, they will still be able to use the gift card!! They accept them all year long 🙂 I appreciate you being the hands and feet of Jesus!! Blessings, Lauren

  • Rachel Leiting says:

    It was our joy to share gift cards to those in need. Our step-grandkids are in need of some of the basic needs. Fortunately we are in the same town as them and can financially help them. Not all kids have that. Thank you for offering a way to help those young people through God’s Grace!