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.

Project Homefront gives $250 giftcards to Military Families!

The first Tuesday of every month Channel 9 KCAU-TV and Fareway want to thank one military family for the sacrifices they are making in the name of freedom with Project Homefront! The family chosen will be able to tell their story on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 10 and receive a $250 gift card courtesy of Fareway.

We are now accepting nominations for Project Homefront. To nominate a family please email your submission to Chris Liberto at Channel 9 KCAU-TV: cliberto@kcautv.com  Nominations will be evaluated and judged by an advisory board.

General Information: All awards will be based on the overall score of the judges’ individual scores. Each nomination will be read by at least two judges. You may submit more than one nomination. If your nomination is not chosen, you may re-submit as many times as you wish.

Criteria for Award:
1. Who can submit: Anybody located in the Channel 9 KCAU-TV viewing area.  Minors under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or guardian.
2. Nominee must be a family with at least one member currently serving in the military.

Proposal must include:
1.  Contact information.  Nomination form must contain contact information for both nominator and nominee

2.  Family Description. Nomination form must contain general information about the family being nominated (Members, history, who is serving.)  Nomination must also contain description on why you are nominating this family.  Send us no more than three typed pages

Questions? Contact: Carla Kreegar, News Director, Channel 9 KCAU-TV,  ckreegar@kcautv.com

Military Family Retreat at Camp Okoboji!

Operation Barnabas is hosting a Military Family Retreat at Camp Okoboji, September 21 – 23. This retreat is for all military families who have recently had a family member return from deployment. It is designed for couples and their children with sessions lead by Military Chaplains, children’s activities, and free time.  Be sure to bring weather appropriate clothing, fishing supplies, camp has canoes, sand volleyball, basketball, and other recreational equipment.

Staff:

Camp Okoboji contact: Lori Gamble- 712-337-3325 (office), 712-320-3364 (cell)
Retreat Leader: Matt Warnke (USN Retired Chaplain)
Presenter: Andy Carlson (Former Navy Chaplain)

Costs—payment due with registration
Families will be responsible for travel expenses to Camp Okoboji and Friday night Dinner.
Retreat Fee: $100 per couple, $25 per child (3-18), Single person $50, Ages 0-2 (Free)

Click here for registration form and more info: 2012 Military Family Retreat.

Cardboard Boats for the Troops!

http://www.kcautv.com/story/19030016/siouxlanders-race-in-cardboard-boats-to-support-troops

Click link for video. Channel 9 KCAUTV  By: Diana Johnsen

The Sioux City Growth Organization hosted its second annual Cardboard Cup, Sunday.

Folks were invited out to Pipe Dream Campgrounds outside of Hinton to race homemade cardboard boats.

The cup is put on to help raise money for local charities, and this year’s charity of choice was Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Cup winner, Tim Grover of Sioux City said, “Our boat is supporting the Iowa National Guard, and we support Siouxland Soldiers and Food for Vets. So, it’s a good cause. It’s a lot of fun. It gets a lot of good people together.”

As far as the boats go, contestants did have some rules to follow like only two people could be in a boat.  And of course, they could only use cardboard, duct–tape, paint, and glue to build their boats.

Some spent countless hours building their boats, coming up with all kinds of boat themes while others went the shorter route and made them the night before, which made for some unfortunate sinks.

“People get excited for just the different creativity on the boat designs and also for the people that don’t finish,” said Luis Trejo of The Sioux City Growth Organization. “They like to see a couple people sink and not make it, but it’s all for a good cause, and it’s great fun.”

About twenty boats were racing for the coveted Cardboard Cup trophy. Other prizes included The Epic Shipwreck Award as well as The Best Overall Theme Award.

Operation Barnabas

Operation Barnabas

We are excited to announce the coming of Operation Barnabas to Sioux City! Operation Barnabas is a network of care to our nation’s military members and their families. They reach out to all branches of the military, with a special emphasis on our Reserve members and their families. To learn more, please visit http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=732 We will provide more information as it comes. If you would be interested in helping start the new Sioux City chapter, please email us at siouxlandtroops@gmail.com

News Coverage at the Care-pack

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) –

The support for Siouxland troops is ongoing.  Those with loved ones deployed overseas boxed up care packages Monday night.

Support Siouxland Soldiers teamed with the 185th Air Refueling Wing to fill about 60 boxes with food, hygiene items, and cards.

“They are away from home, they are away from family and friends. And this is a way for the Siouxland community to let them know that we thank them for their service and they haven’t been forgotten,” said  Support Siouxland Soldiers.

The boxes will be shipped all over the world, but most of the area troops are in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Support Siouxland Soldiers sends packages every month until that service member returns home.

All the items are donated.

Support Siouxland Soldiers and the 185th send Care-packages to the Troops!

Support Siouxland Soldiers teamed up with the 185th Iowa National Air Guard to pack and ship over 50 care-packages for the deployed Siouxland Service Members on June 25, 2012. Thank you to Black Hills Energy for donating hundreds of snacks and supplies to fill the care-packages and Hy-Vee for catering dinner for everyone who came out and helped pack the boxes! We are very excited to show our Siouxland Service Members that we support them and send them a taste of home! If you would like to help send care-packages, stay tuned for our next care-pack in August!

Free Tickets and Private Tailgate for Siouxland Veterans and Military Families!

Thrivent Financial and Support Siouxland Soldiers are giving away 100 free tickets to Military Families and Veterans for the July 3rd Explorer’s game and fireworks show.Your tickets gain you entrance into a Free, private tailgate party, catered by HyVee, at 5:30 p.m. in the Explorer’s parking lot. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Seating is limited, first come, first serve, please email siouxlandtroops@gmail.com to receive up to 4 free tickets per family.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email us for details.

Happy Armed Forces Day!!

Thank you to everyone who joined us in honoring our Siouxland Service Members today! We packed care-packages for our Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota deployed Troops! Thank you to our event sponsors: Cubby’s Convenience Store, Cenex, Bimbo Bakeries, Pepsi and CNOS.

Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 19th
Cubby’s Convenience Story (in front of Sam’s Club)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
$3.00 Lunch: Grilled hotdogs, chips and water
Pack a care-package or donate items to be sent to our deployed Troops
Games and prizes for the kids!
Purchase a $5 raffle ticket to win one of ten $50 gas cards!!
All proceeds will benefit Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Support Siouxland Soldiers is a community non-profit (501c3) organization whose mission is to support members of the Armed Forces, past and present, their families and the Siouxland community. The primary means of our mission is to send packages to deployed military personnel and partnering with Siouxland businesses, schools, churches and organizations to bring support to the four thousand – plus members of the Armed Forces and military families of the Siouxland area.