Valentine’s for Veterans! Military Families & Veterans – Please join us for a Valentine’s Event Tuesday, Feb 9 from 5:30-7:00 pm! We will be serving walking tacos and soup donated by Pizza Ranch, HyVee and Wendy’s, each family will receive a box of groceries, free haircuts for Veterans by Rumor Haz It, massages by Main Street Massage and free car wash gift certificates provided by Cubby’s at the Dunes!! Location: American Red Cross 4200 War Eagle Dr. Overflow parking will be at Earl May across the street from the Red Cross Building.
Make new friends and honor our local Heroes!!! We are in search of patriotic volunteers to help with our Valentine’s for Veterans event on Tuesday, Feb. 9th! Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities and sign-up! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b48a8ad2ca4f94-support
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 15 for our 8th Annual Holidays for our Heroes Event! We will be providing free gifts, groceries, a special dinner, haircuts, massages and more for Siouxland Veterans and Military families from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 4200 War Eagle Dr. Please provide proof of service, first come, first served.
We are also looking for some special Patriotic Elves to donate new, unwrapped gifts for our Military kids this Christmas and side dishes and desserts for the Holidays for our Heroes event on Dec. 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Red Cross! Please Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you, your church, your organization or business can help!
If you would like to volunteer, please email email@example.com
Here are the Volunteer Opportunities:
*3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Fill Food Boxes (Need 10 Volunteers) *
– Fill boxes with donated and purchased food
*3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Meal Setup (Need 10 Volunteers)*
– Setup tables, make lemonade, set out food and paper products
*5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Take food out to vehicles (Need 5 Volunteers)
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Meal Serving & Clean-up (Need 10 Volunteers)*
Veterans and Active Military are also invited to join us for Free donuts and coffee on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 9-11 a.m. and have a seat at the table as we brainstorm ways to serve our Siouxland Veterans! Support Siouxland Soldiers is located on the first floor of the VA and Vet Center building at 1551 Indian Hills Dr. Suite 102 (Next Door to Poppin’ Bottles n’ Brushes).
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.
All Veterans and Military families are invited to attend this Free event. Support Siouxland Soldiers will provide a free lunch and a weeks worth of groceries. The Elks Lodge will provide brand-new free winter coats to Military children. Texas Road House will hand out free gift cards. Haircuts by Becky and Rumor Haz It will provide free haircuts; Main Street Massage will provide free massages and Wells Blue Bunny will provide free ice cream. Operation Engage America will provide resources about PTSD and TBI and over 20 Local Veteran-serving agencies will provide information about what resources are available to Veterans and Military Families.
Operation Engage America (OEA) OEA is a non-profit organization that provides support, awareness, education and resources to Veterans, Community Members and Their Families Living with PTSD and TBI and for Those in the Community Who Want to Support Them and be a Part of the Solution.
A few volunteers are needed to donate side dishes for the meal. This could include potato salad or pasta salad. Thank you to Cubby’s in the Dunes for preparing Pulled Pork sandwiches for the lunch and a private donor for donating sandwich buns, chips, Little Debbie cakes and paper ware.
Siouxland Veterans and Military Families are invited to attend a Free Event on Tuesday, Oct. 13: Operation Warming Hearts, sponsored by Support Siouxland Soldiers, American Red Cross and the Elks Lodge 112, on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Red Cross, 4200 War Eagle Dr. Sioux City, 51109. Doors will open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Volunteers are Needed to help pack food boxes from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and serve the meal and help carry out groceries to vehicles from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. We are also seeking donations of side dishes, coffee, lemonade drink mix and ice. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help.
Attached is a flyer for the Oct. 13 and Nov. 10 events.
Click here to download a list of discounts, grants and incentives for Siouxland Veterans!
Veterans and Military Families please join us:
Tuesday, April 14
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Free groceries, Movie Passes and Charlie boy dinner.
Event location: American Red Cross 4200 War Eagle Dr.
Sioux City, IA
Dinner will be donated and prepared by Partners for Patriots
Support Siouxland Soldiers served over 150 Military families at the 2015 Operation Date Night Event! Over $3,000 in Texas Road House gift cards were handed out along with free car wash coupons to Cubby’s in the Dunes, free haircuts, movie passes, sweet treats provided by Sugar Shack Baker and free groceries!
The event was covered by the Sioux City Journal. Photos and article compliments of the Sioux City Journal.
SIOUX CITY | Veterans came in with thinning gray hair, bushy eyebrows. They sat down in rolling office chairs and two hairstylists tamed their tousled locks – at no charge.
A handful of others waited and watched Becky Leigh give a trim during an event dubbed Operation Date Night, where veterans and military family members could get free groceries, gift cards to Texas Roadhouse, a car wash coupon and a haircut before Valentine’s Day.
Every other month, Support Siouxland Soldiers hosts a Food for Veterans event at the American Red Cross. The nonprofit organization served over 700 families and 2,100 singles last year. Ninety-four percent of recipients are living in poverty, said Sam Hacker, community outreach coordinator.
A line began to form well before the doors officially opened at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Goods and services are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Eighty boxes of food were gone within 30 minutes.
Support Siouxland Soldiers started in 2007, primarily sending care packages to troops overseas. Most recently the group mailed Valentine’s Day cards created by students. The food program was added about three years ago.
Leigh started volunteering in June. At one event, she did 19 haircuts in four hours. She found out about the need for a hairstylist through a friend.
“They didn’t have anybody so I just started doing it,” she said.
On Tuesday, she had a coworker come with her to keep the line moving.
They set up a makeshift salon in one of the rooms, laying down thin white Red Cross blankets to catch the clippings. Without a shampoo bowl, Rebecca Lozano spritzed heads of hair with a spray bottle.
“Whatever works, you know,” she said.
Lozano graduated from beauty school a month ago and started working at the same salon as Leigh. She put in a full day of work at Rumor Haz It before making the three-minute drive over to the Red Cross building to give back to the service men and women in the community. Her daughter did a tour in Iraq and her father served in Vietnam.
Over the buzz of an electric clipper, Lozano and Leigh made small talk with the men.
“I bet that feels better already,” Leigh said to the veteran in the chair.
“It does. It does,” he said.
In addition to the hairdressers donating their services, Claudia Hessa, the owner of Sugar Shack Bakery provided a delectable array of cupcakes, cookies, bars and cheesecake bites. The connection comes through her husband John Hessa, who serves as the veteran representative of IowaWorks Greater Siouxland. He regularly attends the events to connect with veterans who need help.
Usually, a massage therapist comes too.
“We just want to help any way we can,” Hacker said.