Thank you to the Missouri River Runners, the event sponsors and all who participated in the Spring Thaw, Run for Veterans this year!! Over 600 runners participated in this year’s River Front Trail event! A portion of the proceeds were donated to Support Siouxland Soldiers to purchase food for the “Food for Veterans” program, an on-going food assistance program for Siouxland Veterans and Military families.
The next Food for Veterans pick-up date is this Thursday, April 4th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The ABU BEKR Shriners will also be handing out free tickets to the Shrine Circus!
Hope you have a great day and Thank you very much for your service!
Flea market enthusiasts, this event is for you:
Flea Market/Swap Meet season is around the corner. The Correctionville American Legion Auxiliary would like to invite you to our outside Flea Market/Swap Meet If you have stuff to sell, don’t wait, reserve your spot now as space is limited. If you need stuff, this is the right right place to be on June 1st.
They are located on Hwy 20 between Moville and Holstein, near the Little Sioux Campground. Make your reservations now. All proceeds from the space rentals will go towards projects to assist our area Veterans.
or call 712-372-4069.
On Thursday, March 21, patriotic supporters gathered at Eldon’s Restaurant to make a “Toast to the Troops” and raise funds and awareness for the “Food for Veterans” program of Support Siouxland Soldiers. The Celebrity Bartenders, Col. Brian Miller, Wing Commander of the 185th Air National Guard; Rhonda Capron, Sioux City City Council and Spetler Tonga of the Sioux City Bandits mingled with guests and helped the Eldon’s Bartenders serve signature drinks like Patriotic Punch for a good cause. The event, organized by the Missouri River Runners and Support Siouxland Soldiers, raised over $800 in free-will donations and 20% of the beverage sales (total amount coming soon!) The proceeds from this event will purchase food for Veterans and Military families in the Siouxland area. Food For Veterans distributes food in an on-going basis to our National Hereos. Over 15,000 lbs. of food has been distributed in the last eight months! To get involved and become a volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sioux City kicked off its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, March 17th and a good time was had by all! Support Siouxland Soldiers volunteers joined in the festivities and threw candy out to the parade goers. A huge “Thank You!” to the Veterans of the 113 CAV for accompanying us!
By: Scott Larson
Since 2007, Support Siouxland Soldiers has shipped out over 4,000 care packages to our brave soldiers deployed overseas. And now the group is turning its attention toward those who are now home. With combat beginning to wind down in Iraq and Afghanistan, Support Siouxland Soldiers wants to make sure the soldiers returning home receive as much aid as those still deployed.
Support Siouxland Soldiers has offered tons of support to the active military and veterans alike…literally! Over 12,000 pounds of food have been distributed by the organization in just the last 6 months.
The focus in the past has been on sending care packages to soldiers stationed overseas. And while the care package program isn’t ending, Zack Davis, the Support Siouxland Soldiers Development Director, says it’s time to turn more attention to those who have returned back home. “Many of the soldiers are home at this point. And so the last 15 months have been this transition period to focus on helping veterans and military families at home.”
This includes food drives, but Support Siouxland Soldiers is also looking to provide veterans with other services such as helping to find employment. “Whether it’s education opportunities available or job opportunities available, it’s getting them in touch with the right people.”
Now if you wish to help, you’ll have an opportunity very soon. On Thursday, the organization is holding a Food For Veterans event. Between 5 and 7 PM on Thursday night, you can drop off your donations at the Support Siouxland Soldiers office, that’s at 514 Nebraska Street in Sioux City.
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By Staci DaSilva
Support Siouxland Soldiers did its part to help the veterans in our area Thursday night.
Food For Veterans is its monthly event to give food to veterans and their families in need. Food is provided by the Food Bank Of Siouxland.
But Thursday, East Middle School students donated over 1,000 pounds of food to the organization and heartfelt letters to go along with the goodies.
Vets can also get information on the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, or SNAP.
“We have people from SNAP here too to inform people about the qualifications for food stamps. Some people don’t know that they qualify for food stamps and they actually do and so we’re getting them in touch with those services as well,” said Support Siouxland Soldiers’ Zach Davis.
Food For Vets is held the first Thursday of every month from 5-7pm at the Support Siouxland Soldiers office at 514 Nebraska Street.
What a great event! Tonight Support Siouxland Soldiers distributed over 2,000 lbs. of food for the Siouxland Veterans as a way to give back to those who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms! It was a packed house as volunteers from East Middle School, Morningside College, the VFW, the 185th Air National Guard, Cubbys Convenience Store, Operation Barnabas, S.C.O.R.E, Hard Rock Casino and many others including other Siouxland Veterans joined together to serve those who have served. The students and teachers from East Middle School donated over 1,000 lbs of food, funds and wrote letters of appreciation to all the Veterans who attended. The Nursing students from Morningside College gave free blood pressure screenings (during their spring break!) and a special presentation took place as Tom Burns, a Siouxland Veteran, presented a special hand-crafted glass piece to Support Siouxland Soldiers. Stay tuned for a featured article about Tom’s glass art business and how to support Veteran owned businesses in Siouxland! Tonight was a great evening of patriotism and comradery for all who took part!
Thursday, March 7
Thursday, April 4
Thursday, June 6
Thursday, August 1
Location: 514 Nebraska St.
(across the street from the Downtown Sioux City bus station)
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
We still have some kids coats and toys to give away and the Morningside Nursing students will be giving free blood pressure screenings. A special thank you to the students and staff of East Middle School who have donated food and funds to the Food For Veterans program!
Thanks to the Walmart’s Veteran Fast Launch Program, Sioux City S.C.O.R.E is offering five FREE workshops for Siouxland Veterans who want to start their own business! Support Siouxland Soldiers’ board member, Tom Eakin, will be presenting, “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business”
START-UP BASICS March 12TH or 14th
Session2- BUSINESS CONCEPT March 21st
Session 3- MARKETING PLAN March 28th
Session 4- FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS April 4th
Session 5- FUNDING & NEXT STEPS April 11th
All Workshops start at 7:00 pm.
(Five sessions, each session is three hours)
Location: Country Inn & Suites, 151 Tower Rd., Dakota Dunes, SD
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They have been doing this for nearly fifty years.
Because S.C.O.R.E’s work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and a network of 12,000+ volunteers, they are able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost. www.score.org
There are some other great benefits available to veterans (provided by SCORE and other entities) which can be seen if you follow this link: http://vetsfastlaunch.
Support Siouxland Soldiers is building a community of supportive citizens and Veterans to provide assistance to military families in need. We are excited to announce that the Missouri River Runners are hosting a fundraising run to help continue our mission! “Spring Thaw: Run for Veterans” Click here for details!
Support Siouxland Soldiers served nearly 250 at the Valentine Food For Veterans event tonight in Downtown Sioux City. Veterans and Military families received free food, valentines, brand new kids coats, valentine toys and blood pressure screenings! But this event didn’t happen without the help and support of many! We want to thank the Morningside Nursing students, the Foodbank of Siouxland, Siouxland Operation Barnabas, the Sioux City Knights of Columbus and all of the AWESOME volunteers who made this event such a great success! But most of all, we want to give a heart-felt “Thank you” to all of our Veterans and Military families. Thank you for your patriotism, sacrifices and service to make America free and secure. You represent the best in America and we want you to know that Siouxland is forever grateful for your fearless dedication. We will work, day in and day out, partnering with businesses, schools and organizations to continue to show you our LOVE!! Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day to All!!
On Thursday, Feb. 7th, Support Siouxland Soldiers will be giving free groceries to the Siouxland Veterans! There will also be free toys for the Veterans to give to their children or grandchildren for Valentine’s day and the nursing students of Morningside College will be offering free blood pressure screenings. No registration required, please bring a Military, VA, VFW or Legion ID or a DD214.
What? Food for Veterans
When? 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where? 514 Nebraska St.
Downtown Sioux City
(across the street from the Sioux City Transportation Center)
In the spirit of Valentine’s day, Siouxland Military families and volunteers came out tonight to pack up some LOVE for the deployed Troops! Support Siouxland Soldiers hosted their 6th Annual Valentine Care-pack event on Thursday evening, Jan. 31st. Volunteers packed care-packages and Military families customized care-packages for their loved ones. Donations poured in from local businesses, schools and organizations to help fill the care-packages with goodies, magazines, hygiene items and Valentine’s! We want to thank the Legion Axillary of Correctionville, Cubby’s Convenience Store, the VFW Post on Court St., Siouxland Operation Barnabas, Wrigley Gum, Scott Bergeon independent distributor for Little Debbie, Dakota News for the donation of magazines, KCAU-TV, Correctionville Elementary School, Lori Risdal with the 185th Refueling Wing, the Beefstick Lady, the Board of Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Siouxland Community for helping to make this a successful event! Approximately 40 care-packages will be sent out all over the world to our deployed Siouxland Troops just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Siouxland has deployed Service Members serving all over the World and we want to show our LOVE with gifts of care-packages for Valentine’s Day! Support Siouxland Soldiers will be hosting a Valentine care-pack event on:
Thursday, January 31
from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
at our Sioux City Downtown location
514 Nebraska St.
Military families and volunteers are invited to customize care-packages for their deployed Siouxland Service Members with letters, cards, photos and more. All care-package supplies, snacks, hygiene items and postage will be provided.
Support Siouxland Soldiers created the care-package program to boost morale and show the troops that the Siouxland community is thinking of them. Care-pack events provide the opportunity for individuals and corporations to show their support and give the Siouxland men and women in uniform a taste of home. This volunteer-based organization enables the community to come together to provide care packages and notes of appreciation to be sent to Siouxland Soldiers during their deployment.
Military Families: Please register your soldier to receive free care packages by emailing their name and complete address to email@example.com. All deployed branches of the military are eligible to receive care packages from the Siouxland community.
Volunteers: To sign-up to be a volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations for care-package postage can be dropped off at any Security National Bank location or mailed to:
Support Siouxland Soldiers
PO Box 5122
Sioux City, IA 51101
The public will be able to drop off care package items and monetary donations during the event at Support Siouxland Soldiers, 514 Nebraska St. Sioux City, IA.
Over the years we have received many emails, thank you cards and letters from the deployed Troops who have received care-packages from Support Siouxland Soldiers. These packages wouldn’t be possible without dedicated volunteers and community support. We wanted to share with you a letter that we recently received… Thank you, Siouxland, for all of your hard work and support!
More letters that we have received over the years…
My wife and I are thrilled to report that our son, Sgt. Kirk Hansen, has arrived back at Ft.Lewis, WA safe and sound after serving the past year in Kandahar, Afghanistan. We greatly appreciate the support you provided our son during that long year. Folks like you helped make a challenging and dangerous deployment a little more comfortable for Kirk. He sends his thanks and appreciation from his family at Ft. Lewis. We are so grateful to have him home with his wife and children. We can’t wait to be with them in July!
Janice and I wanted you to have this information so you can send support packages to another deserving soldier fighting for our great country.
Sincerely, Len and Janice Hansen
I received a care-package from y’all last week and wanted to let you
know how much I appreciated it. The items were well chosen and very
appropriate. As part of my job I am responsible for the movement of all Sailors in and out of the area. So, I had an opportunity to share the items with
my staff and the transiting Sailors. Although, I did get first pick of
the items. This Kingsley native certainly appreciates you and your sponsors’ time, concern, and efforts.
Thanks again, Kenneth W. CAREL
Greetings Supporters from Siouxland Soldiers,
Thank you for all of the boxes and letters that were sent. We had
gotten stuck at another base for a week while flying here, so our
supplies were running low. It was so nice to see all of those boxes
waiting for us when we arrived and they are all greatly appreciated.
I am finally getting settled down and starting to attempt to get
things caught up. Writing back to those that wrote personal letters may
take a little while, but I will try to write back when I can.
Hot weather is abounding. I have never been cooked like this
except maybe sitting too close to the camp fire. I didn’t even know
that it could be up to 130+ in the sun. It was 112 in the shade
yesterday, so not really having that much fun. I am more of a
cold-liking type of guy. I can always throw on layers of clothes to
keep warm, but in the heat—it is just HOT!
Living conditions are not as good here as I had in Salerno. I
really liked the brick and mortar buildings. Here I am living in tin
sheds and they just don’t keep cool enough. The AC keeps the room at a
comfortable temperature, but it is always running due to no/poor
insulation. I guess that we have around 1 more month of severe heat…I
should lose some weight out of it all at least. I have lost 18 pounds
since I have been over here in Afghanistan–I hope my wife recognizes
We are always in need of hygiene items more than anything. Coffee
and coffee creamer is always a BIG bonus, however, I need to mention on
the any soldier website that sending coffee beans is nice, but it helps
if we have a grinder! I do have a hammer, but smashing coffee beans
takes quite awhile…a funny sight, but takes some effort! I have moved
with a totally different group and they didn’t have the wonderful people
that I had sending me things, so they could use a little help.
You take care and thank you for keeping in touch and of course, thank you
for your thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, (SSG) Forrest Prowant
Dear Heroes from the Homefront!
I just received a care package from your organization and I wanted to extend the thanks of my entire unit as they all found something they liked in the package. I am really proud of what you are doing and I know that your care packages mean a lot to the soldiers over here. In my 14 months in Afghanistan I have found that there are a number of soldiers here who do not get any mail and it is these types of soldiers that I share your packages with. It is organizations like yours back home that make me proud to fight over here. Please keep up the excellent support, you are truly making a difference. All the Way!
- 1LT Tanner Fleck
I am PFC Wesley martin and my unit is 2-30 IN BN 4 DIV 10 MTN BDE. I’m writing this letter to let you know that we really enjoy the care packages that you send our way(myself and battle buddies). Words may never be able to express the gratitude that we feel. We appreciate and acknowledge the fact that it is on a volunteer basis and that you take the time out of your daily lives is not lost on us. In fact I guess you could say that it makes it that more special to us. Anyways I just wanted to take a little of my time and pay you the same respect that you’ve shown us and to thank you for the great things you do.
Sincerely, PFC Martin
Patriots, Thank you for the two care packages I have received since I have been deployed. It is a great feeling when I tell my buddies that the package came from my hometown community. Knowing that there is a community that supports the fight for freedom really keeps the morale up and assures us that people know we truely are doing what is necessary.
God Bless America! - ANDERSEN, RUSSELL M., MSG, SF, Operations Sergeant, B/5/19TH SFG(A)
I would like to thank everyone for the packages, cards, letters and prayers that I received during the holidays. I wish I could thank everyone personally. I cant wait to be home and see you all to thank you. I’m doing well and staying safe. It is nice to hear from people back home and makes my day everytime. Again thank you very much.
God bless you all
SPC Dillion Naslund, Iraq
I just wanted to send an email to say thank you for the box that was sent to me. It just reminds me that what I’m doing over here is appreciated by those back home. Seeing the things that the kids made and the things they wrote was really motivating. You guys are doing a really great thing by sending boxes over seas to soldiers.
So again thank you so much. – PFC Moseley, November
There is not enough words to express the graditude to you and this organization for the packages and well wishes. Please know that all the work your organization does is greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work.
If there is anything we can do for you let me know. -Perrin, Jeffrey T. CPT
I wanted to send a personal Thank You for the care packages that you have sent to me and the other Soldiers in my Squad. The level of support is incredible and believe me, that is felt by the Soldiers who recieve care packages from your organization. It is a great feeling to know that those left behind at home, the front lines, are standing together to let the Soldiers know that they are supported, loved, and definately not forgotten. Your outstanding support of our entire Troop is truly a credit to each and every person who has contributed to this effort.
Again, Thank you. With Regards, SSG Rob Hawkins
My son, Eric Sitzmann, is stationed in Iraq with the United States Marines. He wanted me to pass his thanks onto your organization for the packages that he has received. Anything from home is so appreciated by him. Thank you from both of us.
Just a quick note to thank your group for the care packages and your continued love and support. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all you do.Warm Regards, Spc. Lucas Beenken
Thank you very much for the care package, I really enjoyed it, it gave me a smile when I opened it. I didn’t see a return address for the young man that sent me the letter I wanted to write him back. That is such a great idea… and very thoughtful, you support is greatly appreciated. thanks again! SPC Knaack
To All, I would like to personally thank you for the package that you sent me. When a soldier receives a package or letter it is very humbling to get a little piece of home. I am very proud to be here defending Siouxland and the United States! I truly wish siouxlanders could see the jobs that the American men and women of the Armed forces are doing here. This is my second tour in 3 years as a reservist and I can truly say that Iraq is getting alot safer. I truly thank you for the support you have shown me and other soldiers during this time when we are away from the ones we love. I would like to add a photo if I may, to your album of me in Al Habbaniyah, Iraq. Take care Siouxland and God bless!
Your Soldier in Iraq, Petty Officer 1ST Class, Shaun M. Smith, US Navy Seabees
I just wanted to start by saying thank you so much. It means so much getting boxes, letters & cards from people back home. I just wanted to fill you in on what we are doing over here. Some of our troop is doing security for distinguished visitors when they come over. The part that I work in is in the hotel, we house celebrities or high ranking officials when they come over. I love my job and what we do over here. It does mean a lot to me and my fellow soldiers when we get things, like care packages, cards and letters. Thanks for all your hard work and time in gathering goodies and putting the boxes together! Thanks again for the care packages you sent us! Sincerely, SPC Nicholas Wurth
I would just like to extend my sincere thank you for the packages that your organization has sent to the soldiers here in Iraq. I am sure that you all have been told already how much they mean to us here. Thank you so much or your patronage. Sgt Thomas Hengeveld
Thank you for the great package I received here on F.O.B. Kala Gush in the eastern province of Nuristan on the Pakistan border. There were some sweat socks in there that I really needed along with many other great things including some great Iowa beef sticks. We don’t have regular access to buy things and it was great to receive the package. Siouxland Rocks. -LT Ken Vander Molen, Civil Affairs
I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you’ve done for us out here. I truly appreciate everything that you do for those of us that are out here on deployment away from those we love. It’s great to see that a lot of different organizations are getting involved with this program and I’d like to also thank the American Red Cross Youth Group and those individuals from Bemidji State University that have made my life that much better by letting me know that there are a lot of people back home who care.
Corporal Wesley A. Manson, United States Marine Corps
Support Siouxland Soldiers recently received gifts of appreciation from a Special Forces Soldier who was a past recipient of one of our Emergency Financial Assistance grants. It is an honor for us to be able to give back and assist those who have given so much to serve our Country. The gifts received include a pin from the Special Forces unit and a very special book. The book, Love Me When I’m Gone, was written by a fellow comrade, Robert Patrick Lewis, and is a true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in the Post 9/11 wars. Proceeds from the book support national non-profits that help military families and provide scholarships for military children. You can learn more and purchase your own copy at www.LoveMeWhenImGone.com.
Thanks to the generosity of the Siouxland Community and Thrivent Financial Members, Support Siouxland Soldiers is able to issue small $300 grants to injured Veterans who are experiencing a financial emergency. This grant can alleviate immediate financial needs while the Veteran waits for approval from a larger grant or financial assistance. We work with the National Guard, Red Cross and other Veterans Assistance agencies to make sure that our local Veterans are aware of the assistance available to them. The applications are reviewed by the board of directors and issued within 72 hours of the application submission. Many of our beneficiaries have young children at home and this grant has helped make sure there is food on the table, a roof over their head, running water or a working vehicle. Over the last year and a half we have issued over $5,000 in assistance to our Siouxland Veterans in need. For more information about this service, please visit our Fallen Fund.
Thank you to all of our Veterans who have served and sacrificed for our Country! Your gifts of freedom will never be forgotten.
The New Year marks the beginning of a new calendar year and many make plans to set new goals and resolutions. As Support Siouxland Soldiers enters it’s sixth year of service to the Siouxland Veterans and Military families we reflect on past accomplishments and new goals. Since 2007 we have sent over 4,000 care-packages all over the world to our deployed Troops; provided financial emergency grants to injured Veterans; hosted Military family events and provided Christmas presents to hundreds of military children.
As the majority of our Service Members returned home from their long deployments over the last few years, we wondered how we could have a major impact on ALL of Siouxland’s Veterans right here on the home-front. And so 2012 marked the beginning of our new “Food For Veterans” project. Since July we have distributed over 10,000 lbs. of food and discovered that this initiative is making a huge difference in the lives of our local Heroes. Our goal for the New Year is to sustain this project throughout 2013. We have scheduled three new food distributions dates that will take place on the first Thursday of the month at the Support Siouxland Soldiers Food Pantry, 514 Nebraska St. from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 7
Thursday, March 7
Thursday, April 4
With the New Year now here, we are asking all of our friends to make a New Year’s resolution to thank a Veteran for their service. Serving our Country is a huge undertaking for not just the Veteran, but their family, friends and our entire community. It is our responsibility to thank and support them when they come home. If you’ve ever wanted to meet new friends and take part in an event where you could shake the hand of someone who served, this is for you! We are looking for volunteers to help box up and distribute the food. Then we work in teams to take the food out to the Veterans vehicle and thank them for their service. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our “Food For Veterans” events, please email us at email@example.com
- From your friends at Support Siouxland Soldiers, Thank you for supporting our Siouxland Veterans and Military families and Happy New Year!
Tax deductible donations can also be made at any Security National Bank location or send your gift to Support Siouxland Soldiers, PO Box 5122, Sioux City, IA 51102 EIN# 26-0456700
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Our Siouxland Veterans and Military families have served and sacrificed for our Country and that is why Support Siouxland Soldiers rallied support from the Siouxland Community to thank our Heroes in a Big way this Holiday season! On Friday, Dec. 21st the “Holidays for our Heroes” festivities took place in downtown Sioux City with gifts of free groceries and holiday toys for nearly 300 Veterans and Military family members. The magic of Christmas was in the air as those with little ones also received gift cards to Target, Thinker Toys, restaurant gift cards or gifts of their choice from Santa’s Toy shop!
The spirit of the season was all around as dedicated volunteers and supporters came out to thank our Siouxland Heroes! Without them this event would not have been possible. A special “Thank You” goes to the Sioux City Musketeer’s, Cubby’s Convenience Store, the Sulzbach family and friends, Gelita, the 185th National Air Guard, the Dollar Tree, Siouxland Operation Barnabas, Black Bear Diner, Beef Products Inc., Tyson Foods, the Foodbank of Siouxland, HyVee Stores, BAK BMW, the Bands that performed at the “Rockin’ for the Troops” concert and the one and only Santa Claus! Thank you to all of our Veterans and Military families for everything you do to protect this great Nation and Happy Holidays to All!
“Holidays for our Heroes” is fast approaching!! To thank our Veterans and Siouxland Military Families for their service, we will be distributing food and toys this Friday, Dec. 21st between 4:30-7:00 pm at our Downtown location, 514 Nebraska St. Thank you, to all of our Veterans and Military families for your service and sacrifices for our Country! We appreciate you! We also want to thank everyone who supports our Veterans and Military families! Without you, this would not be possible!
During the Holidays, deployments are especially difficult on our deployed Soldiers and their families. It’s not easy being half a world away from your loved one especially on Christmas. While others are planning family get-togethers, decorating the house and shopping for presents, our deployed Soldiers are working in remote locations under extreme conditions to protect and serve our Country.
That is why Support Siouxland Soldiers has been sending care-packages every other month, for over six years! We invite our Military families and the Siouxland Community to come and customize a care-package or two for their Service Members with photos, letters and cards from home, then fill the boxes with snacks and hygiene items that were donated by the Siouxland Community. Then we fill out the custom forms and ship the care-packages. Receiving a box full of goodies with cards and photos helps boost the spirits and let the Service Members know that we are thinking about them. To date, Support Siouxland Soldiers has shipped over 4,000 care-packages all across the World. If you are a Military family who would like to send a care-package to a loved one serving overseas for the Holidays, please email their address to firstname.lastname@example.org and join us on Thursday, Dec. 6th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 514 Nebraska St. Downtown Sioux City. If you are not able to attend, we will pack and ship a care-package for you.
We wish all of our Military families a joyous holiday season and are thankful for their extraordinary service to our Country.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday……………..Give-Back Tuesday!
KCAUTV Coverage: On Tuesday, November 27th, 3:00 – 7:00 PM the Southern Hills Mall and Support Siouxland Soldiers are celebrating “Give-Back Tuesday”! Kick-off the Holiday season by thanking those who are away from family and friends serving to protect our Great Nation. Join in the fun at the Southern Hills Mall Santa’s House and decorate a card or write a note of appreciation to our Troops who are serving overseas this Holiday Season! Support Siouxland Soldiers will place each card into a care-package filled with holiday goodies and ship them to our deployed Siouxland Troops for the holidays!
By Staci DaSilva
With the holiday season upon us, many folks are looking forward to spending time with family. But for those serving overseas in the military, that’s a luxury they don’t get.
So Siouxlanders spent time today reaching out to our heroes.
Local non-profit Support Siouxland Soldiers hosted a “Cards For Our Troops” event Tuesday afternoon at the Southern Hills Mall.
Children and adults alike wrote cards and special messages for Siouxland soldiers overseas
And one veteran says it’s packages like these that make the holidays so much better for deployed soldiers.
Bob Prato of Sioux City said, “It’s a blessing. It’s a God send. It’s something that sometimes families can’t afford to send packages but when you get all these little goodies with the cards, it makes you feel like you’re partially the way home.”
Support Siouxland Soldiers has sent over 4,000 care packages since it was created back in 2007.
They’ll be sending the cards with care packages on Thursday.
If you’d like to donate to Support Siouxland Soldiers or learn more about how you can connect with a soldier in your life, just head to its website, SupportSiouxlandSoldiers.com.
Holidays for our Heroes!
This holiday season Support Siouxland Soldiers will be distributing Toys and Food to over 500 Veterans and Military family members on Friday December 21st from 4:30 – 7:00 pm Thank you to all of the Siouxland companies who have donated funds, giftcards, collected toys and hosted food drives for our Siouxland Heroes! If you are a Veteran or Military family who would like to participate in our Holidays for our Heroes event please fill out the form below. Siouxland is grateful for your service and sacrifices and we want to make sure you have a wonderful Holiday season!
Crossfit is hosting a 2k Jingle Jog Downtown Sioux City, Saturday, December 8th. Registration begins at 2pm, jog begins at 3pm. Starting line is at Crossfit, 1803 4th Street. A portion of the proceeds benefit Support Siouxland Soldiers’ “Holidays for our Heroes” campaign, a Food and Toy drive for our Siouxland Military families in need! For more information contact Crossfit (712) 212-5604.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, Support Siouxland Soldiers joined forces with local businesses and organizations to provide free groceries and gift cards to our local Veterans and Military families as a way to say, “Thank You” for all they have done to serve our Nation. Over 300 Veterans and Military family members took part in the Veteran’s Day Give-Away! Each family received a box full of groceries, 1/2 dozen sweet rolls and bagels from Panera Bread and HyVee donated $20 gift cards to every single Veteran who attended. Volunteers from New Life Lutheran Church of Sgt. Bluff, Cubby’s Convenience Store, Security National Bank, Sioux City Growth Organization, Siouxland Operation Barnabas and some local Veterans came out to help load the groceries into vehicles and thank the Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice! It was a great way to kick-off the weekend of Veteran’s Day festivities and ceremonies! “Thank you and Happy Veteran’s Day” to all our Veterans who served! Your dedication to our Country will never be forgotten!
Honoring, supporting and making a real difference in the lives of our Veterans is the mission of Support Siouxland Soldiers. This Veteran’s Day we will be thanking our Veterans for their dedication and loyal service to our country in a big way! On Saturday, November 10th Support Siouxland Soldiers will be providing free groceries for Veterans and partnering with the Sioux City Musketeer’s to provide a fun-filled evening for our Siouxland Veterans.
On Saturday, November 10th, Support Siouxland Soldiers will be distributing free groceries and a $20 HyVee gift card to Veterans and Military Families in need between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the New Life Lutheran Church of Sergeant Bluff, 1st and Baker St. To sign-up for free food, Veterans and Military families can email email@example.com Huge, “Thank You” to our Siouxland HyVee Stores for their donation of $3,400 in gift cards for our Siouxland Veterans!
Military Appreciation Night at the Musketeer’s Hockey Game
Support Siouxland Soldiers is partnering with the Sioux City Musketeer’s and the Siouxland Surgery Center to provide a fun-filled evening of Musketeer’s Hockey on Saturday, November 10th. starting at 7:00 p.m. The Siouxland Surgery Center is providing two free tickets to Service Members and Veterans with a Military, VFW, VA or American Legion I.D. or a DD214. Tickets can be picked up at the Tyson Event Center Box Office (401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, IA) beginning Monday, November 5th. Additional tickets can also be purchased at this time to arrange free seats next to paid seats. For additional ticket information, please call 712-279-4850.
The Musketeer’s players will be wearing commemorative, camouflaged jerseys with the Support Siouxland Soldiers and Siouxland Freedom park patches. 100% of the proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to both organizations. Join us for a patriotic evening to honor those who have served so valiantly in the past and the men and women who courageously serve today.
Siouxland Restaurants will also be Serving our Veterans!
Here is a list of the Siouxland restaurants who will be honoring those who served by providing free or discounted meals on or around Veteran’s Day: (Please call ahead)
Texas Roadhouse – Free lunch, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required.
HyVee – Free Breakfast, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. Stop into any Siouxland Hy-Vee grocery store with in-store dining and get a free breakfast on Monday. You’ll get to choose from a wide variety of breakfast foods set out on a buffet.
Olive Garden –Free lunch or dinner, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. All day. Veterans can choose from Seafood Alfredo, Chicken Parmigianino, Soup, Salad, & Bread sticks, Grilled Sausage and Peppers Rustica, Cheese Ravioli, or Spaghetti & Meat sauce.
Applebee’s – Sunday, November 11, 2012 All day to get your Veterans day free meal. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veteran’s Day menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, pasta, chicken, and shrimp. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included. You’ll need to bring in one proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a veterans organization card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214. Find an Applebee’s near you and call ahead to find out if they are participating in the Veterans Day free meal.
Famous Dave – Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. 10% off the entire meal, including everyone who comes in with a Veteran.
Little Caesar’s - Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. All day. Stop into a participating Little Caesar’s and get a free order of Crazy Bread. I recommend calling ahead to verify that your local Little Caesar’s is participating. You’ll need to present a valid military I.D. to get this freebie.
Golden Corral – Monday, November 12, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty. All Golden Corral locations will be participating and no identification is required to get your free meal. Last year, Golden Corral served over 375,000 veterans a Veterans Day free meal!
Chili’s – Free entree, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. All day. You’ll get to choose from a special Veteran’s day menu. There’s also a reduced cost ($5) brownie sundae that can be purchased. You’ll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal – a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a DD214, a photograph in uniform, or wear your uniform.
Thank you to the Sioux City Lowe’s store for becoming the Founding Sponsor of the new Support Siouxland Soldiers’ “Food for Veterans” food pantry! The team at Lowe’s proudly supports our Siouxland Troops and wanted to get involved in giving back to those who have served. On Friday, October 26th, a Lowe’s crew filled their truck with appliances, shelving and supplies and presented us with everything we needed to get our new food pantry up and running! The employees built enough shelving to store thousands of pounds worth of food and donated a brand new double door Samsung fridge and upright deep freezer! But that wasn’t all, Lowe’s also donated a $3,500 patio door to be auctioned off at the upcoming Two Day Rock Concert Series on Nov. 30 – Dec. 1st at Chesterfields!
We cannot thank Lowe’s enough for their generous donations and providing us the tools to feed our Veterans and Military families! The Lowe’s employees were excited to give these gifts just in time for the “Holidays for our Heroes” campaign! This campaign includes donations from many local businesses who are donating food and toys to our Military families for the holidays! More details will be unveiled as we get closer to December.
Support Siouxland Soldiers will be opening the new food pantry for the Veterans and Military families on Friday, Dec. 21st with a give away of HyVee gift cards, free groceries and toys right before Christmas! Thank you, Lowe’s and your awesome employees, for your significant donation to our Siouxland Troops! Your gifts will keep on giving for years to come!
Support Siouxland Soldiers wants to give a huge “shout out” to the students and staff of the LeMars Community High School! They spent weeks collecting snacks and supplies and teamed up with Support Siouxland Soldiers to send care-packages to the deployed Siouxland Troops. This is the 2nd year the school has participated in collecting items to send to the Siouxland Soldiers. Last year they contributed the largest private donation of supplies and snacks that Support Siouxland Soldiers had ever received and this year they doubled their donation!
The students and teachers worked very hard on this service project. They placed donation boxes around the school and at their volleyball and football games; brought in monetary donations; as well as collected donations from the local business of LeMars. Carolyn Ahlers, Student Council President, says “It’s an honor to collect and pack supplies for Siouxland Soldiers.”
Once the collection was complete the students packed care-packages for the deployed Siouxland Troops and donated the remaining items to Support Siouxland Soldiers’ new program, “Food for Veterans and Military Families”. Staff members, Mark and Judy Zeka transported the goods to the new Support Siouxland Soldiers’ Food Pantry in downtown Sioux City. The food was then distributed the next day at the “Help on the Home-front” event that provided food to Siouxland Veterans and Military families in need.
Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Military Community are very thankful for all of the hard work that the LeMars Community High School put into this service project! What a great way to serve those who have and still are serving! Hats off to a job well done!! See the photo album of their service project below! If you are a school, church or organization that would like to host a care-pack or food drive, please call us at (712) 541-8020.
Here is a list of what the LeMars Community High School collected! Amazing job!!
11 big bags of trail mix, 24 little bags of trail mix, 20 jars of peanut butter, One large jar of peanuts, 7 jars seasonings, 56 fruit cups, 64 packages of jif to go peanut butter, 72 jerky sticks, 36 bags jerky, 12 envelopes of hot cocoa, 72 packages of cookies, 16 rice krispie bars, 34 boxes of powdered drink mixes, 57 beefaroni cups, 122 cups of mac and cheese, 254 packages of tuna, 60 family sized/double sized packages of tuna, 12 packages of salmon, 230 slim jims, 9 large beef sticks, 10 packages of mashed potatoes, 15 packages of pasta, 15 jars pasta sauce, 25 boxes hamburger helper, 96 packages of pudding (384 cups), 105 bottles of hand sanitizer, 62 boxes of bars – assorted, 31 cups of soup, 16 cans of beans, 88 assorted cans of vegetables, 22 assorted cans of fruit, 16 cans diced tomatoes, 24 cans chili, 46 cans soup, 15 cans chicken, 50 assorted boxes of cereal, 3 boxes of rice, 10 containers of oat meal, 108 packages of peanuts, 577 individual packages of crackers – assorted, 2 tubs of hard candy, 6 large packs of gum, 14 bags of microwave popcorn, 4 large boxes of Ziploc bags – quarts, 20 packages assorted instant oatmeal, 250 bottles of body wash, shampoo, and conditioner, 52 bottles of powder, 72 sticks of deodorant, 26 soft packages of antibacterial wipes, 6 packages of hand warmers, 98 AA batteries, 2 decks of cards and many miscellaneous personal care items (mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, bottles of lotion, eye drops, etc.) – a full paper box of assorted items!!
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An eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at IowaWORKS to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up. The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders may include:
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Huge “Thank You” to Tires Tires Tires, HyVee Stores, Powell Broadcasting, LeMars Community High School and the Siouxland Community for teaming up to host an important event, “Help on the Home-front”! This event provided free food and HyVee gift cards to Veterans and Military families on Saturday, October 20th
Thank you to all of the Siouxlanders who stopped by and made donations, dropped off food and offered job opportunities to our Veterans and Military families!
HyVee Stores donated $3,400.00 in gift cards and thousands of dollars in food!
Powell Broadcasting, KSUX, Jackson, Candice, Tony and Josie promoted the event live on location Friday & Saturday as well as helped with the event and promoted the event throughout the week!
Tires Tires Tires made the entire event possible! Thank you, Dan and your entire Tires Tires Tires team!
LeMars Community High School students and teachers raised over $2500 in food and monetary donations for the Veterans and Military families on the home-front and packed care-packages for our deployed Troops!
The Sioux City Fire Dept. donated $500 to purchase food for the Veterans and Military families!
Thank you to everyone who made this event a success! The Military families and Veterans really appreciate Siouxland’s support!
Thank you to all of our Siouxland Veterans and Military Families for serving and sacrificing for our freedom!! You are the Real Heroes and we appreciate all you have done for our Country!!
This event is part of the Support Siouxland Soldiers “Food for Veterans” program which distributes food to Veterans every other month. If you are a business, church, service club or school that would like to collect food for the Veterans and Military families: Click this link to download flyers to help you host a successful food drive!
The Triple Creek Ranch just North of Sioux City held a fundraiser and “Roped for the Troops” today! Ropers from all over the tri-state area came out to take part in a roping competition while raising money for Support Siouxland Soldiers’ Fallen Soldier Fund. Colonel Miller, Wing Commander of the 185th National Air Guard, spoke about how important it is to support our Troops especially after they return home from deployment, while Sonic provided free food for everyone in attendance. The winners of the competition were awarded hand crafted Fallen Soldier belt buckles and there was something for everyone on the silent auction. The funds raised today go towards helping Siouxland Military families who have lost a Soldier in combat or injured Service Members who are enduring a financial emergency. To learn more about this fund, please click here. If you would like to make a donation to this very important cause, please email firstname.lastname@example.org A Huge Thank You goes out to Triple Creek Ranch and everyone in attendance!!
Twenty students along with their teacher, Mark Kauk, headed to Downtown Sioux City this morning with one mission in mind, to serve those who have served. Every year the Unity Christian Students participate in a Service Project to help the community and this year they chose Support Siouxland Soldiers! The students cleaned up and painted the interior of the new Food Pantry that will open it’s doors just in time for the food and toy distribution this Holiday season. HyVee brought in lunch for the students who were hard at work and by early afternoon the space looked brand new! Support Siouxland Soldiers is very grateful for all of their hard work and taking the time to travel to Sioux City to support our Siouxland Service Members, Veterans and Military Families! Thank you, Unity Christian School!
In remembrance of September 11th, Support Siouxland Soldiers hosted two events to give back to those who have served and sacrificed for our Country. On Saturday, Sept. 8th, Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Foodbank of Siouxland teamed up to provide a week’s worth of nutritious food for our Siouxland Military families. Lilly Family Dentistry also gave away free Dental cleaning and check-ups. Volunteers from New Life Lutheran Church, the Siouxland Volunteer Center, Lilly Family Dentistry, the Board of Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Siouxland community came out to thank those who have served to defend us. Then on Tuesday, September 11th, we sent care-packages to the Siouxland Service Members serving abroad. Military families from the 185th Air Guard and the 1-113 CAV Army National Guard and volunteers from the Siouxland community came together at the 1-113 CAV National Guard Armory to pack and ship over 50 care-packages. Snacks including beef sticks, protein bars and fruit snacks as well as hygiene items were included. Thank you to all of our Veterans, Service Members and Military Families who have sacrificed to defend this great Nation! It is an honor to serve and support you!
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Food For Veterans
Saturday, Sept. 8th
Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The event runs from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
You will receive volunteer hours through the Siouxland Volunteer Center
Tuesday, September 11th
Volunteers are needed from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m
You will receive volunteer hours through the Siouxland Volunteer Center
Click here to volunteer for this event and learn more!
To submit a Service Member’s APO/FPO address please send us a message in the form below.
At Support Siouxland Soldiers the elves have their boots on the ground, working to bring our Military Families and Veterans a Happy Holiday Season. Our Heroes have served and sacrificed for our Country, now it’s time for us to serve them! Thanks to local businesses, the plans are in the works to bring food for Holiday meals and toys to our deserving families! More details will be coming soon! If you are a Military Family or Veteran who would like some extra help this Holiday Season, please sign-up below! If you would like to join our team of elves and become a volunteer or donate to this worthy cause, please fill in the form below and mention how you would like to get involved.
The first Tuesday of every month Channel 9 KCAU-TV and Fareway want to thank one military family for the sacrifices they are making in the name of freedom with Project Homefront! The family chosen will be able to tell their story on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 10 and receive a $250 gift card courtesy of Fareway.
We are now accepting nominations for Project Homefront. To nominate a family please email your submission to Chris Liberto at Channel 9 KCAU-TV: email@example.com Nominations will be evaluated and judged by an advisory board.
General Information: All awards will be based on the overall score of the judges’ individual scores. Each nomination will be read by at least two judges. You may submit more than one nomination. If your nomination is not chosen, you may re-submit as many times as you wish.
Criteria for Award:
1. Who can submit: Anybody located in the Channel 9 KCAU-TV viewing area. Minors under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or guardian.
2. Nominee must be a family with at least one member currently serving in the military.
Proposal must include:
1. Contact information. Nomination form must contain contact information for both nominator and nominee
2. Family Description. Nomination form must contain general information about the family being nominated (Members, history, who is serving.) Nomination must also contain description on why you are nominating this family. Send us no more than three typed pages
Questions? Contact: Carla Kreegar, News Director, Channel 9 KCAU-TV, firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Siouxland Soldiers presented Thrivent Financial with a “Heroes on the Homefront” award! We want to thank Thrivent Financial for raising $30,000 over the last four years for our Military families, Veterans and Service Members! Each year Thrivent gives away over 1500 tickets to Military families and Thrivent members for the July 3rd Explorer’s game with fireworks, provides a catered tailgate and raises money for our Troops.They also help collect donations from the crowd at the game and throw out prizes between innings.
“I think that we don’t support our local Soldiers enough,” said Pam Bales of Thrivent Financial. “We hear everything that’s going on in the world and I think we kind of forget what’s happening right here and that’s what our company is all about, supporting the local community.”
The money raised at Tuesday’s game will go to Support Siouxland Soldiers’ Fallen and Injured Service Member Fund and help create the care packages that S.A.L.U.T.E. sends out to our deployed Soldiers.
Thank you, Thrivent Financial!! You are Heroes on the Homefront!
Mark your calendars! The next Food For Veterans pick-up date is Sat. Sept. 8th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at New Life Lutheran Church of Sgt. Bluff. Texas Roadhouse is giving away 12 $10 giftcards to the first 12 people to show-up. In addition to free food, we will also be giving away hygiene items. Veterans, all we need to know is how many people are in your family. Sign-up on our Veterans page