Love Has No Color
What is Love Has No Color?
Started in 2005 by my own coach and mentor Dr. Kevin Pallis, LHNC has been bringing love, joy, and hope to the kids living in poverty and instability at the Fort Peck reservation in Poplar, Montana.
Twice a year, a group of health and wellness practitioners travel from all across North America to dedicate a few days of service to the people of Fort Peck; once during the summer for "Boot Camp" and once in December for "Christmas on the Rez". During this particular trip last August, a team of chiropractors adjusted over 1,000 children, adults and even inmates. An office with one of the finest Naturopaths in all of Canada was on site providing treatments and I had the extreme honour and privilege to work with various students in the schools and inmates in a coaching capacity. 1,200 backpacks filled with school supplies and 1,300 bags filled with high-quality, non-perishable groceries were delivered to the children and their families,
It may come as a surprise to some, but kids live in third world conditions right here in our country. Hideous living statistics on the Fort Peck Native American Reservation include crime, drugs, alcohol, child abuse, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, poverty, disease, unemployment, and undernourishment that we would expect in turbulent places around the globe like Zimbabwe, Somalia, Gambia, etc.
As North-Americans, we don't have to look very far to find third world conditions; poverty is alive and well in our country, and nowhere is it more obvious than on Native American Reservations. Here are just a few statistics of life on the Res that very few people are even aware of:
Highest suicide rate (10x national average)
Life expectancy, disease, poverty of a third world country
Disease rates unrivaled in the country (diabetes is 4x national average)
40% high school dropout rate
Crime, drugs and alcohol abuse that starts in middle school
Through programs like Boot Camp and Christmas on the Reservation, LHNC is ultimately about ending the hopelessness that the people on Reservations through health. Using chiropractic and holistic care, the supporters of LHNC want to change the paradigm to transform hopelessness to hopefulness.
In the 11 years of service, Love Has No Color has raised over $285,000, filled over 6,200 backpacks with school supplies and donated over 250,000 gifts to the Fort Peck reservation.
At its core is a common thread that unites all of us – do the right thing, especially for people who are oppressed. It has a feeling of ‘rightfulness’, of honour, and people’s usual response is ‘how can I get involved’? (See below!)
How Can I Get Involved?
This summer at our annual Boot Camp & Fun Day events we are adding a very special Day Camp for these kids. We will be having professional athletes, tribal elders, doctors, teachers, an Auschwitz survivor and many more coming together for one common cause: to awaken a sense of possibility and hope in the lives of these children. They will be immersed all day in activities ranging from basketball, street hockey, traditional tribal values, customs and language, fitness initiatives, and mindfulness training. Upon graduating at the end of the Day Camp, each child will be presented with a backpack full of school supplies. Also, each will receive a supply of high-quality, non-perishable food to take home to share with their families.
Many of these children rarely receive three meals a day and without high quality food, the ever present danger of extreme hopelessness tightens its grip. Having a summer camp experience like this will be a defining moment and swing the tide for many of these youths to make better life choices and decisions. Native Americans have been often referred to as America’s Forgotten People. This camp will celebrate, recognize and honour all those in attendance. There has never been a summer camp like this and with your help, you will be a part of making history.
If you'd like to help make a difference please consider donating today. All year long Love Has No Color, along with the help of many health and wellness practitioners, brings hope and health to the kids living in poverty and instability on the Fort Peck reservation. Use the donate button below to make a donation. We appreciate your support!
*** LHNC is a fully federal tax recognized 501(c)(3) movement that has no paid staff, no consultants, only volunteers.