Life 96.5 is challenging you to help a student this month by donating gift cards in any amount from WALMART and HY-VEE Stores where items can be purchased for students in need.

We believe the Sioux Empire has the biggest heart to love and care for students in need.

Right now, YOU can make a difference in the life of a student whose family or guardian is struggling to make ends meet.

There are just 10 social workers in the Sioux Falls School District who work with the over 900 youth who are designated “homeless” in the Sioux Falls School District. Those 10 work every day to  oversee the needs of students and help provide needed resources to allow them to focus on staying in school and completing their education. Many of those resources are purchased using limited funds from the district and sometimes, cash from the social workers’ own pocket.

That’s where your help comes into the picture. And it is so simple. Purchasing and donating gift cards helps our school social workers. They can use gift cards on your behalf to instantly meet needs and provide everything from clothing to hygiene items to allergy medicine–and more.

Would you take a moment to mail a HyVee or Walmart gift card in any amount to the Life 96.5 studios to help our students?

Donated gift cards will go to social workers in the Sioux Falls school district so that they can 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.

Perhaps your Bible Study, small group, family, or even co-workers or classroom project would consider coming together to help a student.

Here’s where to mail your gift card donations:

Life 96.5 Radio4721 West 71st Street,  Sioux Falls, SD 57108 (just west and south of the Heart Hospital). Our phone number is (605)339-1965.

The families of the students also benefit from your kindness. One family who received help from a school social worker had been experiencing homelessness, living primarily out of their vehicle.  Social workers were able to connect the family with community resources that helped them get into a permanent place.  Since they were living out of their van they had very few belongings and were in need of some basic kitchenware such as plates, silverware, and cups.  Donated gift cards helped to supply a portion of the items.

Another family included two kids, whose mother works full time, but lives paycheck to paycheck.  One of the kids became ill and she had to miss 2 days of work to stay home with him.  It was learned that she was unsure of what they would eat over the weekend until the next payday.  Donated gift cards were used to assist her with an emergency supply of food to get the family to the next paycheck.

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

One Response to "Help a student"

  • Kathy Holter says:

    I am a retired teacher fro Sioux Falls. I’d love to help a child who needs something to bring a bit of joy to them in their homeless condition.

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