KDLT Cares

‘Operation Addy’ In Need Of Donors, Could Face Closure In September

UPDATE: A GoFundMe page has been created. Find it here: https://www.gofundme.com/save-operation-addy-sd-nonprofit LENNOX, S.D. – A string of unfortunate events has left a local nonprofit scrambling. For eight years Operation Addy has provided everyday items, like diapers and clothing, to those in need. But now, a major donor has pulled out from the group, and the head of the organization doesn’t…

Stiegelmeiers Matching Feeding South Dakota’s Donations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Feeding South Dakota says more than 5,000 kids in South Dakota deal with food insecurity. That’s why South Dakota State’s Football coach and his wife have teamed up with the nonprofit to fight child hunger. John and Laurie Stiegelmeier are matching people’s donations until the end of the month. The couple says they already give on…

Small Town Parade Brings in Big Crowd

Lennox Parade Continues to Grow

A record number of people showed up to watch the Lennox 4th of July Parade on Tuesday. KDLT teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota to walk in the parade and hand out candy and stickers. It’s a big responsibility. We dressed up a KDLT news car in purple and took Go-Pro footage at the event to give…

United Way’s “Kidstop” Program Aims To Prevent The “Summer Slide”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The “summer slide” is a growing concern for parents across the Sioux Empire, but we caught up with a group today that’s helping kids maintain the skills they learn all school year throughout the summer months. Kidstop, supported by the United Way, is a free after school summer program for low-income kids. The program includes lunch…

Sanford Children’s Hospital Holds Free Summer Camp For Children Battling Cancer/Survivors

WATERTOWN, S.D.- From tubing to shooting paintball guns, 55 children are having the time of their lives in Watertown. They’re at a free summer camp that’s unlike many others. It’s for kids battling cancer and those who’ve survived the disease. Katie Henry can’t seem to hold back her smile. She’s been waiting quite some time to go to summer camp…

Someone You Should Know: Mom, Business Owner & ‘Professional Encourager’

Meet a super mom in Sioux Falls

One Sioux Falls mom has a way of doing it all.  She runs businesses, raises kids and relishes the chance to help others.  She’s a bonafide super-mom who’s always taking on new adventures. “I just want to leave this world a better place than when I got here,” says Melissa Johnson. Melissa Johnson does just that in a lot of ways. …

Feeding South Dakota Receives $10,000 Check From New York Life

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Feeding South Dakota received a generous donation today that will help provide 40,000 meals to people in need. The insurance company New York Life presenting the Social Services Organization a $10,000 check this afternoon. But this isn’t the only donation New York Life has made. In fact, they were able to present the check because the…

Nurse Navigators: Guiding Patients Through Breast Cancer

Meet Sanford Health's two-person team who help breast cancer patients

This week, we’ve partnered with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for the early detection of breast cancer.  Sometimes getting through a cancer diagnosis is a little easier with help from a nurse navigator. Gloria Top (left) & Donna Dwire (right) “I feel very privileged to be able to be here, to be…

Making Breast Health A Mission: Edith Sanford Breast Center

Center aims to care for patients from prevention to diagnosis & treatment

“Edith Sanford was Denny Sanford’s mother.  She died of breast cancer when Denny was only four years old,” says Sanford Health Cancer Services Executive Director Sharon Hunt, standing next to a picture of Edith Sanford inside their 18th Street facility. That tragic loss became a mission: that no other child should lose a parent to breast cancer.  So, Denny Sanford…

Understanding Breast Cancer: An Ever-Changing Journey

Sanford Health's treatments & research to beat the disease

This week, we’re partnering with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for early detection of breast cancer.  One woman took it upon herself to be proactive in her fight. “I don’t know if you want to call it women’s intuition but I knew something was going on wrong with my body.  And when…

Hunter’s Heart Journey Finds Hope

16-Year Old Has Successful Heart Transplant Surgery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Last April, planning for a shopping sweep at Sunshine Foods in Sioux Falls was the least of Melissa Tillman’s worries. Her son, Hunter, 16, was on a heart transplant list. Complications were a part of Hunter’s life. His heart was only thirty percent effective, plaguing him with fatigue and a blue hue on his skin. Last Friday, March…

“Our Growth Project” Discovering Greatness in Youth

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Many Millennials across the the Sioux Empire say there isn’t enough for them to do.  That’s why “Our Growth Project” was created last October by a Sioux Falls resident.    It’s a project designed to discover greatness in a younger generation across the community through what they call “edutainment,” a collaboration of education, art, and entertainment. The…