Family Puts Up Over 20,000 Lights for Holiday Display. – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Family Puts Up Over 20,000 Lights for Holiday Display. – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

It’s the third year in a row the Wilmes family has put on their spectacular holiday light show. The entire display has well over 20,000 lights, and every year, the lights are synched to music. This year it’s a medley of all your favorite holiday classics that you can hear on 106.5.

“We just love it. People in our neighborhood, our neighbors come out and we all stand on the side walk, turn on our cars, our radios and we all stand there and dance to the music,” Pam Wilmes, homeowner.

The whole thing starts right on the computer. Matt Wilmes uses an excel-type program to synchronize the lights with the music. And according to Wilmse, that’s the easy part.

“The twenty-five minute show that we have this year it’s a minimum of a hundred hours of sequencing every minute takes about 2-3 hours,” said Wilmes.

The hardest part, actually finding the time to put up the lights. But when it comes down to it, Wilmes says its not about time or money, it’s about giving back and honoring his father who passed away several years ago.

“My dad I felt was a good man and one of the things he instilled in me was to give back, and that’s what I’m doing,” said Wilmes.

And while these lights turned on for the first time only a couple days ago, Wilmes is already thinking about next year.

The Wilmes’ welcome everyone to come out and see the holiday light show, that runs now through January 2nd. This year, any donations the family receives will go to Support Siouxland Soldiers. There is a donation box in the shape of a candy cane out in front of the house.

The address is 4026 Capitol Street in Sioux City.

Adopt a Military Child for Christmas – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Adopt a Military Child for Christmas – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Adopt a Military Child for Christmas

Times are tough, especially for our young Military families. Many military children wake up with few gifts on Christmas morning because their families are struggling to make ends meet.  Our Military families have set aside their own priorities for the priority of our Country. But for so many of these heroic families the holidays can be a disappointing time…especially for families of troops deployed over Christmas.

So, in addition to the care packages that we send to the troops, Support Siouxland Soldiers is continuing their special project to say thank you to the military families for their sacrifice by helping provide Christmas gifts for their children. Please help us to say “Thank you” and join our ‘Adopt a Military Child’ Christmas program.

How can you help? As you are shopping for your family pick up a couple presents for our Siouxland Military children of all ages.  Then call Sarah at 712-541-8020 or email info@supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com and we will come pick up your gifts or meet you somewhere. Gifts can also be dropped off at the National Guard Armory. See directions below. We will then invite the parents to come pick out the gifts for their children. The parents can wrap them and place them under the tree just in time for Christmas morning!

If you are a Military Family in need of some extra support this holiday season please email Sarah at info@supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com. Please include the first name and ages of your children and a copy of your DD214 or military ID. Thank you.

Army National Guard
3200 2nd Mech Drive
Sioux City, IA 51111-1348
(712) 277-6720

1. Take the Sergeant Bluff exit coming from Sioux City, EXIT 141
2. Turn RIGHT towards the Airport onto 1ST ST
3. 1ST ST / CR-D38 W becomes ODESSA AVE.
4. Before you enter the Airport area, Take your first LEFT onto HALSEY
5. Take your first left onto OGDEN AVE
6. Turn RIGHT onto HARBOR DR.
7. On Harbor Dr. you will drive past the 185th Air Guard entrance on your right, keep going straight, you will take a left at the Iowa National Guard Armory.

Please email info@supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com
Or Call Sarah at 712-541-8020

Letting Soldier’s Know You Care This Holiday Season – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Letting Soldier’s Know You Care This Holiday Season – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Support Siouxland Soldiers held it’s 4th Holiday Care Package event on Saturday. Families and friends filled up box after box for their loved ones overseas. There were different stations to pick from, with things like toothpaste, socks, holiday cards and candy.

One mom was making a care package for her 21-year old son who serves in the U.S. Navy and is currently in Afghanistan.

“He said anytime he gets a box it feels like Christmas. He never know what’s going to be in it, so it’s always a surprise and they just really really just appreciate anything that comes over there.”

Support Siouxland Soliders provides everything families need to make the care package, all you need it your soldier’s address. It takes about 3 weeks for the soldiers to get their holiday surprise.

Families Prepare For Soldiers’ Homecoming – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Families Prepare For Soldiers’ Homecoming – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

About 100 volunteers toughed out the heat, to make sure their loved ones feel welcome when they return from Afghanistan.

More than 3,000 Iowa soldiers went overseas last year, but they will be home by the end of July.

“It’s been up and down, you don’t hear from him, technology nowadays, you don’t hear for 10 days you freak out, you think it’s a long time, but think of the old days, that really wasn’t that long,” said Patrick McKeever, who’s son is in the 113th Cavalry in Afghanistan.

People worked through the summer sun, to make sure the soldiers feel welcomed.

“It’s really important for the troops to see that their community missed them, and supports them, and that we are really proud of them, and we’re just really glad that they’re home safe,” said Sarah Petersen, from Support Siouxland Soldiers.

The families don’t know the exact date their loved ones will return, but they can’t wait for that day to arrive.

“His mom, brother, and sister, and all his family together and just enjoy it.  I’m leaving July 30th to go out of the country, so I’m praying he gets back by then,” said McKeever.

The families say they usually don’t find out when the soldiers come home until about 48 hours beforehand.

Military Families Get Support During The Holidays – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Military Families Get Support During The Holidays – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Many Siouxland military families were not together for the holidays last year and for many soldiers who just came back from deployment, this time of year can be very stressful. But tonight an event helped with some of those problems.

Sioux City’s Public Museum was turned into a Christmas base filled with about 150 military families. The mission? “Operation Pay it Forward.”

“Holidays are hard, especially for our military members. Some of them come home to no jobs, some of them come home laid off and it’s just helps to make things a little bit more fun for them,” said a volunteer for Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Support Siouxland Soldiers, the museum and the Free Masons of Iowa gave the families an opportunity to have some holiday fun together and for the kids Christmas came early. Each of them got to choose a toy, a book and a Scentsy Buddy.

And to help Support Siouxland Soldiers continue their work in the home-front, the Iowa Free Masons donated $10,000 to help make sure our heroes have a safe happy holiday back home.

Free Military Concert at Firehouse – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Free Military Concert at Firehouse – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Firehouse is helping throw a live music concert Saturday night for Support Siouxland Soldiers. It’s a free event honoring Siouxland Soldiers past and present. There’s four local bands playing to show support to 350 of our local soldiers. There’s T–shirts for $15 which will fund care packages for military men and women who are deployed. And the more you drink, the better.

“Every drink sold tonight, fifty cents of it goes to Support Siouxland Soldiers,” said Brittany Dekker, Support Siouxland Soldiers.

On top of drink proceeds, the owner of Firehouse is matching the bartenders tips to donate to the organization.

“I wanted to give back to the soldiers. The soldiers are risking their lives for us and this is our chance to throw them one heck of a bash,” said Paul Andersen.

The party goes til 1 a.m.

Fast Food Chain Takes Quick Action to Support Local Troops – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Fast Food Chain Takes Quick Action to Support Local Troops – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

A restaurant chain is asking you to support our troops.

Wendy’s restaurants in Sioux City and South Sioux City are putting up collection sites for Support Siouxland Soldiers, who send care packages to troops deployed overseas.

And for one manager, there’s a person connection – his son is deployed to Afghanistan.

“Talking to my son, he just thinks it’s Christmas every time he gets a package. A lot of our family are sending packages directly to him. I mean you send him candy and he just goes nuts on it,” says Wendy’s Manager Patrick McKeever.

Patrick’s son is with the 113th Cavalry based in Sioux City.

The troops are in need of everything from beef jerky to batteries.

The packages go to all Siouxland soldiers, and the drive will continue until the soldiers come home.

Group Wants Help Sending Care Packages to Local Soldiers – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Group Wants Help Sending Care Packages to Local Soldiers – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Next Care-Pack Event: Saturday, September 26th

Time: 11am-12 Noon
Location: 1-113th CAV Armory (by the airport, directions below)

You are invited to bring your friends and family and join us in packing care-packages for our Siouxland Soldiers who are away from family and friends. Because of a lot of returned care-packages, we are cleaning the slate. If you have not submitted your Soldier’s APO/FPO address within the last 2 months please resubmit their address. Thank you.
Bring photos, cards and extra goodies to customize a Soldier’s care-box then fill their package with items that have been donated from the Siouxland Community. Does your place of business offer a discount to military families? Email us and we will place a link to your company’s website from our Facebook Fan Page. Search: Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Patriot Club: We need:
2 volunteers to setup and run the book fair: price the books at either $.25 or $.75 cents
2 volunteers to setup tables at 9:30am
2 volunteers to construct boxes at 11am
2 volunteers to make sure boxes are full and include our card
2 volunteers to tape boxes shut
2 volunteers to help guests fill out their customs forms
2 volunteers to keep tables stocked
All volunteers can help put the care-pack items on the tables for packing

1-2 greeters that hand-out boxes

All Patriot Club Members who plan to attend, Please email me back with the station you’d like to be at.

Directions:
1. Take the Sergeant Bluff exit coming from Sioux City (CR-D38 exit- EXIT 141)
2. Turn RIGHT towards the Airport onto 1ST ST / CR-D38 W.
3. 1ST ST / CR-D38 W becomes ODESSA AVE.
4. Before you enter the Airport area, Take your first LEFT onto HALSEY ST.
5. Take your first left onto OGDEN AVE / CR-D38.
6. Turn RIGHT onto HARBOR DR.

7. On Harbor Dr. you will drive past the 185th Air Guard entrance on your right, keep going straight, you will take a left at the National Guard Armory. (Tall Yellow building on your left) You will go through a security fence that will be open for the Care Pack Guests.
Support Siouxland Soldiers
www.supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com

 

Local Group Sets Up Fallen Soldier Fund – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Local Group Sets Up Fallen Soldier Fund – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

SIOUX CITY – A Fallen Siouxland Soldier Fund has been set up by Support Siouxland Soldiers at Security National Bank. As grateful Americans, we want to express our appreciation to those who pay the ultimate price of death for our Country. We can never replace the loss of life, but we can honor the sacrifices of these American Heroes by providing for their families and remembering the price they paid.

100% of the funds raised will assist the families of those Siouxland Soldiers who have been injured or killed as a part of the Global War on Terrorism.

Donations can be made to: Fallen Siouxland Soldier Fund at any Security National Bank location or checks can be mailed to:

Fallen Siouxland Soldier Fund
Support Siouxland Soldiers
PO Box 5122
Sioux City, IA 51102.

The families of the fallen Siouxland Soldiers can apply for the funds by emailing info@SupportSiouxlandSoldiers.com.