Food for Veterans Event!

We want to give a HUGE Shoutout to all of the volunteers who helped with today’s event and the American Red Cross Serving Greater Siouxland, Operation Engage America, Food Bank of Siouxland, Cubby’s in the Dunes, the Elks Lodge, Main Street Massage, Rumor Haz It – Becky Leigh, Leed’s Beauty Salon – Kari Conrad, Sugar Shack Bakery, LeMars Community High School, the Woodbury County Sheriff’s dept., Wells Blue Bunny, Community Action Agency, the VA, The Vet Center, the Woodbury County Veterans Affairs Office, Family Alliance of Veterans Association, IowaWORKS – John Hessa, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation, Texas Road House, Tracy Quint with the Iowa National Guard and all of the agencies and businesses who participated today. But most of all we want to thank our Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices for our freedom! From all of us at Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Siouxland community we know that freedom is not free and we wish you a Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you for our Freedom.11140320_912582258797671_5743354555204034592_n 11215507_912582505464313_6980042984637654570_n 12191647_912527538803143_831721481728644333_n 12191908_912581952131035_8465247388937943993_n 12193662_912527565469807_7913642960479168229_n 12193730_912582448797652_9082636281211017766_n 12193829_912527652136465_2275835656700545967_n 12196200_912582162131014_414669470419363103_n 12208260_912582412130989_1245503178394639243_n 12208447_912527525469811_7476684809096560409_n 12208504_912582198797677_5044739372055684118_n 12208728_912582188797678_7349974377149098936_n 12208863_912582352130995_352233189509525812_n 12219344_912582242131006_7800784105854058565_n 12219401_912582032131027_5063184819517846646_n 12219485_912527578803139_8193545285332770309_n 12219579_912582478797649_7377176704258027612_n 12227163_912582278797669_5995538771519165264_n 12227210_912582222131008_5611745539751579759_n 12227728_912582108797686_6067115418768861926_n 12227831_912582148797682_3859630591672987429_n 12234911_912582305464333_5706225502930186663_n 12239561_912582332130997_7198588678289435877_n 12239590_912582092131021_5662302853067282567_n 12239862_912582378797659_7743222137214766973_n 12240101_912582045464359_7741522142849566982_n 12241212_912582492130981_7245648284990977642_n 12241696_912582065464357_424558078094786395_n 12243010_912581968797700_4967293571064148979_n

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!

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.

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

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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: HomelessVeteranshttp://siouxlandhomelessveterans.com/

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!

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