Softball for Siouxland Soldiers Tournament!

Floyd Softball will play host to the 1st Annual Commemorative Softball for Soldiers Tournament Friday, June 12 thru the 14 at Chautauqua Park fields in Sioux City, IA.  Teams from across the Midwest are invited to compete with 100% of the tournament proceeds being donated to Support Siouxland Soldiers, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance, free groceries and care-packages to our Siouxland Veterans, deployed Troops and Military families.

The weekend tournament will kick off Friday, Jun 12 at 6:30 p.m. and run until Sunday, June 14. Saturday evening will include a special ceremony to honor our Siouxland Veterans with great food, music, raffles, prizes and more. The grill and concessions will also be available all weekend with specials and Military discounts.

The cost to register a team is $175 (100% of the proceeds will benefit Support Siouxland Soldiers) To register a team please visit for details or call 279-0248 or email Rita Deadline to register is Friday, June 5.

Download the Softball for Soldiers Registration Form Here!


Pancake Fundraiser For Rick!


Rick Merrifield, a Western Iowa Veteran, has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Rick and his wife, Lori, live in Pisgah, Iowa and need assistance with transportation and medical costs. Rick grew up in Moorhead and served in the Army and National Guard in Mapleton, Denison, Carroll and Council Bluffs. Rick spent most of his civilian life as a self-employed truck driver and can no longer work due to his illness. For more information about how you can help, please call Randy Archer at (712) 301-9584.

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.



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.

Spring Thaw: Run for Veterans

Thank you to the Missouri River Runners, the event sponsors and all who participated in the Spring Thaw, Run for Veterans this year!! Over 600 runners participated in this year’s River Front Trail event! A portion of the proceeds were donated to Support Siouxland Soldiers to purchase food for the “Food for Veterans” program, an on-going food assistance program for Siouxland Veterans and Military families.

A Toast to the Troops!



On Thursday, March 21, patriotic supporters gathered at Eldon’s Restaurant to make a “Toast to the Troops” and raise funds and awareness for the “Food for Veterans” program of Support Siouxland Soldiers. The Celebrity Bartenders, Col. Brian Miller, Wing Commander of the 185th Air National Guard; Rhonda Capron, Sioux City City Council and Spetler Tonga of the Sioux City Bandits mingled with guests and helped the Eldon’s Bartenders serve signature drinks like Patriotic Punch for a good cause. The event, organized by the Missouri River Runners and Support Siouxland Soldiers, raised over $800 in free-will donations and 20% of the beverage sales (total amount coming soon!) The proceeds from this event will purchase food for Veterans and Military families in the Siouxland area. Food For Veterans distributes food in an on-going basis to our National Hereos. Over 15,000 lbs. of food has been distributed in the last eight months! To get involved and become a volunteer, please email