Giving Day 2022!
LSS Day of Giving is an online and in-person, statewide event designed to bring together all members of the South Dakota community in support of critical services at LSS. In recognition of our first service line opening in the spring of 1921, giving day will take place in May 2022.
On the 16th of May, 1921, an open house and donation day marked the opening of the House of Mercy, the first service at LSS. The morning after the House of Mercy opened, the first applicants for admission appeared – an elderly woman and a seven-year-old girl who needed a home. While they were not the expected clients, they were warmly welcomed and housed as long as needed.
The pregnant girls for whom the home was intended soon began to arrive. By the end of its first year, the House of Mercy had cared for 23 unmarried and 3 married mothers, 12 children were placed in adoptive homes and 11 were returned to parents.
From this humble beginning, LSS has evolved to provide services throughout South Dakota and beyond – touching lives nearly 50,000 times a year.
Join us during this LSS Day of Giving 2022 to celebrate the impact LSS has had on the community since that day in May 1921.
More details on our inaugural day of giving to come! Want to chat about ways you can get involved? Email us.