Food For Veterans and Cookout!

Veterans and Military families – Join us for our upcoming Cookout and Food for Veterans Event on Thurs. May 1st at the Red Cross, 4200 War Eagle Dr! There will be free hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and refreshments starting at 5:00 p.m. with free massages provided by Main Street Massage! Promptly at 5:30 p.m. we will start distributing free groceries and hygiene items. Please bring your proof of service. First come, first serve. Thank you to our private donors and event sponsors: Calhoun Communications, Main Street Massage


Food For Veterans Event


Next Date: March 6
Support Siouxland Soldiers, the American Red Cross and the Foodbank of Siouxland have teamed up to distribute FREE groceries to Siouxland Veterans and their families on:

Thursday, March 6
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
at the American Red Cross
4200 War Eagle Dr. Sioux City, IA.

Please provide proof of service at pick-up.
Sign up to receive email reminders:
Subject: Food For Veterans Email List

Our Veterans and their families have served and sacrificed, putting the priority of our Country before their own. As a way to say, “Thank you for your service!”, we will be distributing free groceries to our Veterans and their families.

Support Siouxland Soldiers To Participate in Purple Up for Military Kids!

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Please join us in supporting the Purple Up for Military Children initiative! April is the month of the Military Child, a time to honor youth impacted by deployment. On April 15 we are encouraging everyone across Siouxland to wear purple in support of our military children for their strength and sacrifice. Take photos of your group in purple and share on the Facebook Page: Purple Up for Siouxland Military Kids.

Download the Purple Up Shirt Order Form Here!

Send completed order forms and checks payable to 185th Family Readiness to 185ARW/AFRPM, Attn: Lori Risdal, 2920 Headquarters Ave, Sioux City, IA 51111-1300. Proceeds will be used for future military youth events. Thanks for supporting Siouxland’s awesome military kids!

Valentine Care-Packages for the Troops!

1607052_616128965109670_996239842_nWe had a great evening on Monday, Feb. 10 packing Valentine  care-packages for the deployed Siouxland Troops and handing out Operation Date Night Gifts to over 280! Each couple received a Texas Road House gift card, a $10 Car wash from Cubby’s in the Dunes and two Free Movie Passes!

Pancake Fundraiser For Rick!


Rick Merrifield, a Western Iowa Veteran, has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Rick and his wife, Lori, live in Pisgah, Iowa and need assistance with transportation and medical costs. Rick grew up in Moorhead and served in the Army and National Guard in Mapleton, Denison, Carroll and Council Bluffs. Rick spent most of his civilian life as a self-employed truck driver and can no longer work due to his illness. For more information about how you can help, please call Randy Archer at (712) 301-9584.

Operation Date Night!

Online Registration is now closed.

With the help of our friends, Support Siouxland Soldiers is sending 280 people on Operation Date Night just in time for Valentine’s Day! Each couple will receive a Texas Road House gift card, two passes to the Riviera Theatre and Cubby’s Convenience Store in the Dunes Automatic Carwash!


Holiday Care-packages sent with Siouxland Love!

527064_10152171187678755_896561059_nSupport Siouxland Soldiers teamed up with Girls Inc., Life Serve Blood Center and Olsson Associates to collect care-package items for our deployed Siouxland Troops this Holiday season! Thank you to everyone who donated items and participated with these great organizations to fill the care-packages!!

Support Siouxland Soldiers Purchases $2,400 in Holiday Gift Cards for Military Families!

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We have our list and we’re checking it twice. 200 gifts will go out to those who paid the price!! Thank you for your service! Thanks to generous Siouxland individuals and businesses, we will be purchasing $2,400 in holiday gift cards for over 200 Veterans and Military family members to purchase toys for their children!! To Thank our Siouxland Veterans and Military Families for their service to our Country, Support Siouxland Soldiers is hosting our 6th annual Holidays for our Hereos event! The gift cards can be picked up on Thurs., Dec. 19 between 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. To allow us time to purchase all gifts in time for the event, registration is now closed. (Please provide proof of service at pick-up)

We know that freedom isn’t free and we are very grateful for your service and dedication to our Country. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Support Siouxland Soldiers gives out free groceries, gift cards and hats for Veteran’s Day!

On Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 Support Siouxland Soldiers distributed free groceries, gift cards and hats to over 100 Veterans on Veteran’s day and packed care-packages for the deployed Troops!

Free Musketeer’s Tickets for Veterans


The Sioux City Musketeers will honor veterans and service members at their game against the Lincoln Stars on Friday night, November 8th, 2013. Game time is 7:05pm, doors open at 6pm.

The team will be wearing special military jerseys for the occasion. The jerseys will be auctioned off immediately following the game, with all proceeds going to the Support Siouxland Soldiers organization.

Siouxland Surgery Center is sponsoring the event by offering two free tickets to all service members and veterans who present either a military ID, American Legion ID, a VFW ID, a VA Card, or a DD-214 along with a photo ID. Service members and veterans are asked to go the Tyson Events Center Box Office to pick up their free tickets in advance beginning Tuesday, November 5th.

There will be a special “Salute to the Services” presentation during the first intermission where all veterans and service members will stand and be recognized as the official song of their branch is played during the Armed Forces Medley.

Support Siouxland Soldiers will be giving away a limited supply of glow sticks to children in attendance to the game, as well as hats to a select number of veterans.


Support Siouxland Soldiers Teams Up with the Boys Club of Sioux City to Honor and Provide a Little “Help on the Homefront” for our Siouxland Heroes

On Veteran’s Day, Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Boys Club of Sioux City are teaming up to honor our Siouxland Heroes by distributing free groceries to Veterans and Military families and packing care-packages for the deployed Troops. Veterans and Military families are invited to pick-up their box of free groceries at the Boys Club of Sioux City between 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11th. The younger Boys Club members will be packing and shipping care-packages full of goodies and treats collected by the students and staff of LeMars Community High School. The Boys Club is centrally located in downtown Sioux City at 823 Pearl St. Questions? Please email siouxlandtroops@gmail.com549221_473516199370948_606930179_n

LeMars Community High School and Support Siouxland Soldiers team up to Support the Troops!

DSCF3778Huge “Shout-out and Thank You” to the Students, Student Council and Staff of LeMars Community High School for Supporting our Deployed Troops, Veterans and Military Families! We Salute You!

From September 30 to October 18, 2013, Le Mars Community Student Council ran a food drive for Support Siouxland Soldiers. Students brought in food items and/or donated money to the cause. In addition, student council members contacted local businesses for monetary donations to purchase needed items and to help pay for shipping. Boxes were also setup at both Fareway and Hy-Vee for people to drop off food items.

The high school library sponsored a Fun Friday to support the soldiers as well. Students that donated two food items or $2 to Support Siouxland Soldiers were able to play board games, card games, computer games or just sit and visit with friends during that study hall. In addition, teachers gave extra incentives to students to bring in items. The results were astounding! Student council members, with help of teachers Mark and Judy Zeka, packed 18 care packages for Siouxland Soldiers that are currently deployed. In addition, they collected enough food and personal items (such as powder, deodorant, hand wash, etc). to fill two vans with the seats folded down! These items will be used for SSS’ Food for Veterans program and a Holiday Care Pack. LCHS Student Council quadrupled last year’s effort. This is the largest donation of items ever collected for Support Siouxland Soldiers.

In addition, student council president, AJ Schroeder and senior member Ally Mullally presented Support Siouxland Soldiers with a check for $674 to purchase needed items. Special thanks go to the Hy-Vee, Fareway, and many local businesses for their support. If you want to know (Amy) this is what goes in each box: handful of slim jims and at least 2 large packages of jerky at least 2 packages of tuna or salmon 2-4 jif-to-go peanut butter numerous small packages of crackers and cookies handfuls of granola/snack bars 2-4 pudding cups (we had over 500 of these donated) ramen noodles microwaveable mac and cheese 2-4 microwaveable popcorn microwaveable soup handfuls of powdered drink mixes handfuls of bags of fruit snacks (had over 500 boxes of these) oatmeal packets single servings of trail mix, peanuts, sunflower seeds etc package of baby wipes (in Ziploc bags — 2 pkgs handwarmers, 1 deodorant, Gold Bond foot powder, hand sanitizer, and 4 individual hand wipes)- Hard candies were then poured on top to fill in the “holes” In addition to all of that (we had enough of everything except jerky to fill 32 boxes — would have had enough jerky but we put 2 big pkgs in each), we collected over 400 boxes of mac and cheese, 200 boxes of hamburger helper, a huge amount of tuna, soups, veggies, cereals, pasta, fruit that went to the Food for Veterans Program. F for V will distribute Nov. 11 to Veterans and we hope to have students able to go down and help distribute.

Socks for Soldiers!

socksSupport Siouxland Soldiers teams up with local companies in Socks for Soldiers Campaign!

94 ROCK radio, Sonic America’s Drive In and Support Siouxland Soldiers recently teamed up for a 2-month campaign to gather supplies for soldiers in Afghanistan.  “Socks for Soldiers” started July 4th through Aug 23rd and included the help of Northeast Nebraskans to reach a goal of sending 94 care packages to the 3-4 Kilo Company 4th Platoon Unit 41600 stationed in Afghanistan.

Norfolkan Teresa Hall was very helpful in helping the 94 ROCK staff make a connection to the 3-4 Kilo Company as her son is a medic with the unit.  Teresa has been actively working on sending them care packages throughout the year because of the conditions in which the unit has to endure.  There are many locations where water is scarce so bathing is minimal and socks are worn out quickly.  Baby wipes to refresh and socks were at the top of the list by the unit followed by, licorice, ramen noodles, camera memory cards, pull-top canned foods, international calling cards, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, and powdered drink mix.

The campaign kicked off at Sonic as a drop off location and then 94 ROCK listeners were encouraged to drop off supplies and/or cash at the 94 ROCK booths at various summer events like Boomfest, town celebrations, and county fairs.

The generosity of Northeast Nebraskans was overwhelming with barrels of supplies and $2,000 in cash donated.  A special thanks to Support Siouxland Soldiers for their generous cash donations to help cover the postage costs, Target for their charitable donation of socks and Sonic, Elkhorn Valley Bank, Wattiers Auto Body, Stanton National Bank and Northeast Nebraska Federal Credit Union.

Support Siouxland Soldiers helps Homeless Veterans!

Support Siouxland Soldiers started a new fund called the Homeless Veterans Siouxland Campaign and teamed up with Thrivent Financial to raise funds for local veterans who need a place to call home. Together the two organizations raised over $23,000 for the fund. The check was presented to the Community Action Agency, the fiscal agent of Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Our Siouxland Veterans have endured long deployments protecting our homeland. Now it’s our turn to make sure they have a home to return to.

If you are a Veteran who needs emergency financial assistance to stay in your home or is looking for assistance to find a home, please call the Community Action Agency of Siouxland at (712) 274-1610 or (800) 352-3725.  Thank you to all who donated and volunteered!

Remembering our Deployed Troops and Serving our Veterans for Independance Day!

KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

Care-pack and Food For Veterans Event (30 Care-packages sent!)
June 27
Doors will open from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
514 Nebraska St. Sioux City

If you have a currently deployed service member, please join us!  Bring your service member’s address and pack them a special care-package of goodies. Feel free to bring photos and cards to include in the box. We will supply the snacks, shipping materials and pay all of the shipping fees.

If you have served and are in need of a little extra food for your family, please stop down and receive a box of free groceries.

4th-of-july-picnicTo honor our Veterans and Military Families for Independence Day, we will be handing out free Explorer’s tickets for the July 3rd baseball game with fireworks and free food vouchers! Support Siouxland Soldiers, Thrivent Financial and the Community Action Agency will promote their new project, the Siouxland Homeless Veterans Fund, at the game. Support Siouxland Soldiers is giving $9,000 to this project. We will also raise funds at the game with a Camo Jersey Auction! Donations will be supplemented by Thrivent Financial, Support Siouxland Soldiers and Community Action Agency programs! 100% of the proceeds raised will help homeless, or near homeless, Veterans. For more information, please visit: HomelessVeterans

Thank you, Cherokee Regional Medical Center for their abundance donation of snacks and hygiene items for the care-packages! Thank you to Caribou Coffee for donating coffee for the care-packages. Thank you to Woodbury Country Veterans Affairs office for donating sleeping bags and misc. items for the Veterans. Thank you to Lori Risdal and the Beef Stick Lady for donating beef sticks! Thank you to the VFW for donating food to the Food For Veterans program! Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who make these events possible!

Last, but most importantly, Thank you to all who have served! We are so grateful for your service and dedication to our Country! Happy Independence Day! Our Freedom was not Free!




The employees of Cherokee Regional Medical Center recently collected items to be included in troop care packages that will be sent to soldiers with Northwest Iowa ties. The care packages are being collated and distributed on Thursday, June 27.

Thanks to the generosity of the CRMC staff, hundreds of items were collected ranging from personal hygiene staples such as razors and lip balm, to snack items such as beef jerky, granola bars and chewing gum. They also collected cash donations to purchase other items specifically needed to complete the care packages. In addition, when Dr. Cassady Rider of Apple White Dental in Cherokee heard about CRMC’s troop care package initiative, she was quick to donate 100 toothbrushes and 100 tubes of toothpaste to the cause.

We are thrilled that Cherokee Regional Medical Center decided to step up and support our efforts! While many of our local area troops have come home, there is still a need as there are a number of troops with Siouxland ties deployed to various parts of the world. Collection drives such as the one that CRMC held are very important in helping our organization keep up with the demand for the care packages!

Kent Lundquist, Marketing and Public Relations manager at CRMC was equally pleased with the employee response to the project. “The staff of Cherokee Regional Medical Center continues to impress me in how much they are willing to support charitable causes. We were glad to help the Support Siouxland Soldiers organization in caring for our troops.”

Photo- In the month of May, Cherokee Regional Medical Center employees collected items to be included in the troop care packages being distributed by the Support Siouxland Soldiers organization later this month.  Pictured (Left to Right) with some of the items for the care packages are Connie Mohn, Diana Driggs, Jeff Nolder, Maralyn Christensen, JoAnne Tapper, Kim Hayes, Presley Johnston, Amanda Monroe-Rubendall, Jeannie Williams, Nicole Weathers, Dr. Cassady Rider of Apple White Dental, Theresa Kohn, Cindy Graham, Darla Werthman, Jessie Peterson, Shelly Simm, Kevin Naslund and Mike Letsche.

Care-pack and Food For Veterans Event! June 27

Thursday, June 27th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 514 Nebraska St.

If you have a currently deployed service member, please join us!  Bring your service member’s address and pack them a special care-package of goodies. Feel free to bring photos and cards to include in the box. We will supply the snacks, shipping materials and pay all of the shipping fees.

If you have served and are in need of a little extra food for your family, please stop down and receive a box of free groceries. We are so grateful for your service and are proud to serve you!

514 Nebraska St.

Sioux City, IA 51102

Spring Thaw: Run for Veterans

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.

Food For Veterans & Free Circus Tickets!

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.

Bring your table, and bring your stuff, and get it sold in Correctionville!
 Your participation will help many area Veterans.
For more information, please email Jackie Westover, American Legion Auxiliary President, at
or call 712-372-4069.


A Toast to the Troops!



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


Happy St. Patty’s Day!


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!


Support Siouxland Soldiers is Helping on the Home-front

News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

(Video Link)

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.

KCAU Channel 9 Coverage

News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: (Video Link)

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.


Tonight Support Siouxland Soldiers Distributed Over Two Thousand Pounds of Food for our Siouxland Veterans!

578493_557850084245896_1733739476_nWhat 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!

Food For Veterans

Mark your calendars, below are the upcoming Food For Veterans dates:

Upcoming Dates:
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!


Free Workshop for Veterans Who Want to Start Their Own Business

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 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.

There are some other great benefits available to veterans (provided by SCORE and other entities) which can be seen if you follow this link:

Whether you’re a veteran, or not, if you’re interested or know someone who is, SCORE is an outstanding organization (we’re a national non-profit that is affiliated with the SBA) that can provide free mentoring services (education, help with developing/implementing business plans, making connections for funding/financing sources, etc.).  If you have any questions about the workshop series, how to get help from a SCORE mentor or how to volunteer, please feel free to contact Tom directly- 605-670-0192.

Run For Veterans!

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!


Valentine Food For Veterans Event!

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!!

Food for Veterans! Thank you for Serving!

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)

Showin’ Some Love to the Troops!

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!

Valentine Care-Pack Event: Jan. 31

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 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

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.




Letters from the Troops!

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