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: 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.