MADISON, Neb. – A man in northeast Nebraska gathers food and basic items, as part of a mission to provide the Yankton Sioux tribe with basic necessities.

Madison’s Luke Drozd said he befriended residents of the Yankton Native American reservation through his wife’s best friend. After his visit, he realized how much the community needed help.

“Someone has to help, and if it has to be me, it will be me,” Drozd said.

Drozd said you can drop meats; canned foods; children’s clothes or kitchen utensils at his home at 706 East 2nd Street. Or let him know if you’re willing to go with him to donate items. He said he would take his van to the Yankton Sioux community as soon as he had a car supply — hopefully within a month — and then disperse them with Yankton resident Yvette Zephier Cummings to 600 families in town.

He adds that the Norfolk rescue mission is also a good way to support them, but he also goes there alone.

“I rode five or six times but stopped driving once my wife got sick,” he said. She has since passed away, and now “I can’t sit down.” He hopes he can act again, do something she would have appreciated.