Thank you, Thrivent Financial and their Members for raising $8,191 at the July 3rd Explorer’s game! That puts the six year total over $63,000!!
For the past six years Thrivent Financial has made it their signature event to sponsor the July 3rd Explorer’s Baseball game, purchasing over 1,000 baseball game tickets and food vouchers for local Veterans, Military families and Thrivent members. The event captures the true essence of America’s favorite past-time with Explorer’s Baseball, fireworks and supporting the Troops!
Siouxland is located in the tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Since 9/11 hundreds of National Guard service members from Siouxland have been on multiple deployments. Most deployments were to Iraq and Afghanistan lasting over a year in duration. With thousands of families affected, Thrivent Financial wanted to get involved and help support the Troops. They found Support Siouxland Soldiers, a very small, and back then, a brand-new non-profit that was started by military families who were working to pull the Siouxland Community together to ship care-packages to the Troops. Six years later, Thrivent has helped our military families ship over 4,000 care-packages. But they didn’t stop there. When the troops started coming home Thrivent continued their funding to help support the families after the war. No Service Member returns from war unaffected, that is why Support Siouxland Soldiers provides free BBQ events, groceries, rental assistance, financial emergency grants and more to thousands of Siouxland’s Veterans. Over 25,000 lbs. of groceries have been distributed in just two years. With over 18,000 Veterans residing in the Siouxland area we are so grateful for Thrivent Financial’s continued support!
The July 3rd game is an event to remember! The players wear special patriotic camouflaged jerseys that are auctioned off after the game with all proceeds benefiting the Troops. The first pitch is thrown by a local Veteran and kids turn into “Baseball Buddies” as they join the team in some pre-game practice. Thrivent Members throw out freebies to the crowd throughout the game and pass the hat to take up a collection for Support Siouxland Soldiers. All donations are matched and supplemented by Thrivent Financial and a check is presented to Support Siouxland Soldiers on the field between innings. After the game, the lights go out, the patriotic music begins and an impressive fireworks display is provided for all in attendance.
It’s because of Thrivent’s generous donations that Support Siouxland Soldiers has been able to provide over 4,000 care-packages to the deployed Siouxland Troops; distribute over 25,000 lbs. of food to Siouxland Veterans and provide thousands in emergency grants and rental assistance! Their donations have provided much needed support not only to those who went to war but the entire Siouxland Military Community.
“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.”
Thank you, Thrivent Financial!!