Holidays for our Heroes!

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday……………..Give-Back Tuesday!

KCAUTV Coverage: On Tuesday, November 27th, 3:00 – 7:00 PM the Southern Hills Mall and Support Siouxland Soldiers are celebrating “Give-Back Tuesday”! Kick-off the Holiday season by thanking those who are away from family and friends serving to protect our Great Nation.  Join in the fun at the Southern Hills Mall Santa’s House and decorate a card or write a note of appreciation to our Troops who are serving overseas this Holiday Season! Support Siouxland Soldiers will place each card into a care-package filled with holiday goodies and ship them to our deployed Siouxland Troops for the holidays!

By Staci DaSilva

sdasilva@kcautv.com

With the holiday season upon us, many folks are looking forward to spending time with family. But for those serving overseas in the military, that’s a luxury they don’t get.

So Siouxlanders spent time today reaching out to our heroes.

Local non-profit Support Siouxland Soldiers hosted a “Cards For Our Troops” event Tuesday afternoon at the Southern Hills Mall.

Children and adults alike wrote cards and special messages for Siouxland soldiers overseas

And one veteran says it’s packages like these that make the holidays so much better for deployed soldiers.

Bob Prato of Sioux City said, “It’s a blessing. It’s a God send. It’s something that sometimes families can’t afford to send packages but when you get all these little goodies with the cards, it makes you feel like you’re partially the way home.”

Support Siouxland Soldiers has sent over 4,000 care packages since it was created back in 2007.

They’ll be sending the cards with care packages on Thursday.

If you’d like to donate to Support Siouxland Soldiers or learn more about how you can connect with a soldier in your life, just head to its website, SupportSiouxlandSoldiers.com.

Holidays for our Heroes!

This holiday season Support Siouxland Soldiers will be distributing Toys and Food to over 500 Veterans and Military family members on  Friday December 21st from 4:30 – 7:00 pm Thank you to all of the Siouxland companies who have donated funds, giftcards, collected toys and hosted food drives for our Siouxland Heroes! If you are a Veteran or Military family who would like to participate in our Holidays for our Heroes event please fill out the form below. Siouxland is grateful for your service and sacrifices and we want to make sure you have a wonderful Holiday season!

Get out your elf ears, reindeer antlers or Santa suit!!

Crossfit is hosting a 2k Jingle Jog Downtown Sioux City, Saturday, December 8th. Registration begins at 2pm, jog begins at 3pm. Starting line is at Crossfit, 1803 4th Street. A portion of the proceeds benefit Support Siouxland Soldiers’ “Holidays for our Heroes” campaign, a Food and Toy drive for our Siouxland Military families in need! For more information contact Crossfit (712) 212-5604.

Veteran’s Day Give-Away!

KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: Support Siouxland Soldiers Video Clip

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Support Siouxland Soldiers joined forces with local businesses and organizations to provide free groceries and gift cards to our local Veterans and Military families as a way to say, “Thank You” for all they have done to serve our Nation. Over 300 Veterans and Military family members took part in the Veteran’s Day Give-Away! Each family received a box full of groceries, 1/2 dozen sweet rolls and bagels from Panera Bread and HyVee donated $20 gift cards to every single Veteran who attended. Volunteers from New Life Lutheran Church of Sgt. Bluff, Cubby’s Convenience Store, Security National Bank, Sioux City Growth Organization, Siouxland Operation Barnabas and some local Veterans came out to help load the groceries into vehicles and thank the Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice! It was a great way to kick-off the weekend of Veteran’s Day festivities and ceremonies! “Thank you and Happy Veteran’s Day” to all our Veterans who served! Your dedication to our Country will never be forgotten!

Siouxland Veterans: Receive free food, free tickets and free restaurant meals on or near Veteran’s Day!

Honoring, supporting and making a real difference in the lives of our Veterans is the mission of Support Siouxland Soldiers. This Veteran’s Day we will be thanking our Veterans for their dedication and loyal service to our country in a big way!  On Saturday, November 10th Support Siouxland Soldiers will be providing free groceries for Veterans and partnering with the Sioux City Musketeer’s to provide a fun-filled evening for our Siouxland Veterans.

Free Groceries
On Saturday, November 10th, Support Siouxland Soldiers will be distributing free groceries and a $20 HyVee gift card to Veterans and Military Families in need between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the New Life Lutheran Church of Sergeant Bluff, 1st and Baker St. To sign-up for free food, Veterans and Military families can email siouxlandtroops@gmail.com   Huge, “Thank You” to our Siouxland HyVee Stores for their donation of $3,400 in gift cards for our Siouxland Veterans!

Military Appreciation Night at the Musketeer’s Hockey Game
Support Siouxland Soldiers is partnering with the Sioux City Musketeer’s and the Siouxland Surgery Center to provide a fun-filled evening of Musketeer’s Hockey on Saturday, November 10th. starting at 7:00 p.m.  The Siouxland Surgery Center is providing two free tickets to Service Members and Veterans with a Military, VFW, VA or American Legion I.D. or a DD214. Tickets can be picked up at the Tyson Event Center Box Office (401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, IA) beginning Monday, November 5th.  Additional tickets can also be purchased at this time to arrange free seats next to paid seats. For additional ticket information, please call 712-279-4850.

The Musketeer’s players will be wearing  commemorative,  camouflaged  jerseys with the Support Siouxland Soldiers and Siouxland Freedom park patches. 100% of the proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to both organizations. Join us for a patriotic evening to honor those who have served so valiantly in the past and the men and women who courageously serve today.

Siouxland Restaurants will also be Serving our Veterans!
Here is a list of the Siouxland restaurants who will be honoring those who served by providing free or discounted meals on or around Veteran’s Day: (Please call ahead)

Texas Roadhouse – Free lunch, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required.

HyVeeFree Breakfast, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. Stop into any Siouxland Hy-Vee grocery store with in-store dining and get a free breakfast on Monday. You’ll get to choose from a wide variety of breakfast foods set out on a buffet.

Olive GardenFree lunch or dinner, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. All day. Veterans can choose from Seafood Alfredo, Chicken Parmigianino, Soup, Salad, & Bread sticks, Grilled Sausage and Peppers Rustica, Cheese Ravioli, or Spaghetti & Meat sauce.

Applebee’s – Sunday, November 11, 2012 All day to get your Veterans day free meal. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veteran’s Day menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, pasta, chicken, and shrimp. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included. You’ll need to bring in one proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a veterans organization card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214. Find an Applebee’s near you and call ahead to find out if they are participating in the Veterans Day free meal.

Famous Dave – Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. 10% off the entire meal, including everyone who comes in with a Veteran.

Little Caesar’s –  Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. All day. Stop into a participating Little Caesar’s and get a free order of Crazy Bread. I recommend calling ahead to verify that your local Little Caesar’s is participating. You’ll need to present a valid military I.D. to get this freebie.

Golden CorralMonday, November 12, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty. All Golden Corral locations will be participating and no identification is required to get your free meal. Last year, Golden Corral served over 375,000 veterans a Veterans Day free meal!

Chili’sFree entree, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. All day. You’ll get to choose from a special Veteran’s day menu. There’s also a reduced cost ($5) brownie sundae that can be purchased. You’ll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal – a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a DD214, a photograph in uniform, or wear your uniform.

Lowe’s becomes Founding Sponsor of the new Food Pantry!


Thank you to the Sioux City Lowe’s store for becoming the Founding Sponsor of the new Support Siouxland Soldiers’ “Food for Veterans” food pantry!
The team at Lowe’s proudly supports our Siouxland Troops and wanted to get involved in giving back to those who have served. On Friday, October 26th, a Lowe’s crew filled their truck with appliances, shelving and supplies and presented us with everything we needed to get our new food pantry up and running! The employees built enough shelving to store thousands of pounds worth of food and donated a brand new double door Samsung fridge and upright deep freezer! But that wasn’t all, Lowe’s also donated a $3,500 patio door to be auctioned off at the upcoming Two Day Rock Concert Series on Nov. 30 – Dec. 1st at Chesterfields!

We cannot thank Lowe’s enough for their generous donations and providing us the tools to feed our Veterans and Military families! The Lowe’s employees were excited to give these gifts just in time for the “Holidays for our Heroes” campaign! This campaign includes donations from many local businesses who are donating food and toys to our Military families for the holidays! More details will be unveiled as we get closer to December.

Support Siouxland Soldiers will be opening the new food pantry for the Veterans and Military families on Friday, Dec. 21st with a give away of HyVee gift cards, free groceries and toys right before Christmas! Thank you, Lowe’s and your awesome employees, for your significant donation to our Siouxland Troops! Your gifts will keep on giving for years to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help on the Home-front Event raises over $15,000 in food and monetary donations for our Siouxland Veterans and Military Families!

Huge “Thank You” to Tires Tires Tires, HyVee Stores, Powell Broadcasting, LeMars Community High School and the Siouxland Community for teaming up to host an important event, “Help on the Home-front”! This event provided free food and HyVee gift cards to Veterans and Military families on Saturday, October 20th
Thank you to all of the Siouxlanders who stopped by and made donations, dropped off food and offered job opportunities to our Veterans and Military families!

HyVee Stores donated $3,400.00 in gift cards and thousands of dollars in food!

Powell Broadcasting, KSUX, Jackson, Candice, Tony and  Josie promoted the event live on location Friday & Saturday as well as helped with the event and promoted the event throughout the week!

Tires Tires Tires made the entire event possible! Thank you, Dan and your entire Tires Tires Tires team!

LeMars Community High School students and teachers raised over $2500 in food and monetary donations for the Veterans and Military families on the home-front and packed care-packages for our deployed Troops!

The Sioux City Fire Dept. donated $500 to purchase food for the Veterans and Military families!

Thank you to everyone who made this event a success! The Military families and Veterans really appreciate Siouxland’s support!

Thank you to all of our Siouxland Veterans and Military Families for serving and sacrificing for our freedom!! You are the Real Heroes and we appreciate all you have done for our Country!!

This event is part of the Support Siouxland Soldiers “Food for Veterans” program which distributes food to Veterans every other month. If you are a business, church, service club or school that would like to collect food for the Veterans and Military families:  Click this link to download flyers to help you host a successful food drive!

 

Unity Christian School of Orange City helps prepare the new Food Pantry for the Veterans!

Twenty students along with their teacher, Mark Kauk, headed to Downtown Sioux City this morning with one mission in mind, to serve those who have served. Every year the Unity Christian Students participate in a Service Project to help the community and this year they chose Support Siouxland Soldiers! The students cleaned up and painted the interior of the new Food Pantry that will open it’s doors just in time for the food and toy distribution this Holiday season. HyVee brought in lunch for the students who were hard at work and by early afternoon the space looked brand new! Support Siouxland Soldiers is very grateful for all of their hard work and taking the time to travel to Sioux City to support our Siouxland Service Members, Veterans and Military Families! Thank you, Unity Christian School!

Honoring our Veterans and Troops in Remembrance of September 11th

In remembrance of September 11th, Support Siouxland Soldiers hosted two events to give back to those who have served and sacrificed for our Country. On Saturday, Sept. 8th, Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Foodbank of Siouxland teamed up to provide a week’s worth of nutritious food for our Siouxland Military families. Lilly Family Dentistry also gave away free Dental cleaning and check-ups.  Volunteers from New Life Lutheran Church, the Siouxland Volunteer Center, Lilly Family Dentistry, the Board of Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Siouxland community came out to thank those who have served to defend us. Then on Tuesday, September 11th, we sent  care-packages to the Siouxland Service Members serving abroad. Military families from the 185th Air Guard and the 1-113 CAV Army National Guard and volunteers from the Siouxland community came together at the 1-113 CAV National Guard Armory to pack and ship  over 50 care-packages. Snacks including beef sticks, protein bars and fruit snacks as well as hygiene items were included. Thank you to all of our Veterans, Service Members and Military Families who have sacrificed to defend this great Nation! It is an honor to serve and support you!

Watch KCAUTV Channel 9’s interview:
http://www.kcautv.com/story/19517981/support-siouxland-soldiers-group-sends-care-packages-in-honor-of-911

How do You plan to Honor September 11th?

Support Siouxland Soldiers has two opportunities for you to volunteer and honor our Veterans and Troops this Sept. 11th!

Food For Veterans
Saturday, Sept. 8th
Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The event runs from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
You will receive volunteer hours through the Siouxland Volunteer Center

Click here to volunteer for this event and learn more!

Care-Pack Event
Tuesday, September 11th
Volunteers are needed from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m
You will receive volunteer hours through the Siouxland Volunteer Center

Click here to volunteer for this event and learn more!
To submit a Service Member’s APO/FPO address please send us a message in the form below.

The Boots are on the Ground, as our Elves are working to bring a Happy Holiday Season to our Military Families and Veterans!

At Support Siouxland Soldiers the elves have their boots on the ground, working to bring our Military Families and Veterans a Happy Holiday Season. Our Heroes have served and sacrificed for our Country, now it’s time for us to serve them! Thanks to local businesses, the plans are in the works to bring food for Holiday meals and toys to our deserving families! More details will be coming soon! If you are a Military Family or Veteran who would like some extra help this Holiday Season, please sign-up below! If you would like to join our team of elves and become a volunteer or donate to this worthy cause, please fill in the form below and mention how you would like to get involved.