Sioux City Growth Organization raises funds for “Food for Veterans” project!

Join us this coming Sunday at Pipe Dream, Hinton IA at 2:00 p.m. for the Cardboard Cup!! Proceeds benefit Support Siouxland Soldiers’ “Food for Veterans” project. It’s easy!

1. Register your 2 person team at

2. Build a cardboard boat with glue, paint and duct tape. (Need tips? click on this link for the secrets to winning!)

 Click here to read the Top Secret Manual: How to Win a Cardboard Boat Race

Thank you, Thrivent Financial for raising funds for the Troops!

Thank you, Thrivent Financial for raising over $30,000 for the Troops!

The all American past time paired up with an all American holiday to support our Siouxland Service Members.

We want to thank Thrivent Financial for raising $30,000 over the last four years for our Military families, Veterans and Service Members! Each year Thrivent gives away over 1500 tickets to Military families and Thrivent members for the July 3rd Explorer’s game with fireworks, provides a catered tailgate and raises money for our Troops.They also help collect donations from the crowd at the game and throw out prizes between innings.

“I think that we don’t support our local Soldiers enough,” said Pam Bales of Thrivent Financial. “We hear everything that’s going on in the world and I think we kind of forget what’s happening right here and that’s what our company is all about, supporting the local community.”

The money raised at Tuesday’s game will go to Support Siouxland Soldiers’ Fallen and Injured Service Member Fund and help create the care packages that S.A.L.U.T.E. sends out to our deployed Soldiers.

The evening down at Lewis And Clark Stadium was capped off with fireworks to make the patriotic evening complete.

After crowd donations, Thrivent Financial presented a check on the field for more than $8,700 to Support Siouxland Soldiers and S.A.L.U.T.E.

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 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

Channel 9 KCAU-TV is a Proud Sponsor of “Food for Veterans”

Channel 9 KCAU-TV is a proud supporter of our Siouxland Military Families and a founding sponsor of Support Siouxland Soldiers. Today Chris Liberto and Brian Plantenberg from Channel 9 KCAU-TV joined us at the 113 CAV National Guard base to produce a Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting Support Siouxland Soldiers’ new initiative, Food For Veterans. In addition to sending care-packages, Support Siouxland Soldiers will be providing free groceries to our Veterans and Military families in need. To receive free groceries please email with the number of people in your family. For more information on pick-up dates please read our Veterans page. Stay tuned and watch Channel 9 KCAU-TV to see the new Food For Veterans PSA!

News Coverage at the Care-pack


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!

Heroes On the Homefront Award!

Support Siouxland Soldiers presents Joe Fokken, store manager of Cubby’s Convenience Store (Cenex Station) in Sioux City, IA, with a 2012 Heroes on the Homefront Award. Joe and his team at Cubby’s Cenex Station received this award in recognition for their outstanding support of the Tri-state Region’s Service Members during their military duty and deployments.  Support Siouxland Soldiers thanked Joe for his countless hours of hard work and donations to support the Troops and their families. Over the years Joe and Cubby’s  have donated an abundance of snacks and items to be included in the Soldiers care-packages. On Armed Forces Day, Cubby’s Cenex Station hosted a care-packing event with Support Siouxland Soldiers and invited Military families and the public to come and customize care-packages for the deployed Siouxland Service Members. Cenex donated ten $50 gas cards to be raffled off with the proceeds covering the cost to ship the boxes. Joe also partnered with Pepsi and Bimbo Bakeries to make this event a great success!  So on behalf of all of the Military Families in the region, Support Siouxland Soldiers wants to say “Thank you, Joe Fokken and Cubby’s Cenex Station for being our Heroes on the Homefront!”


Next Care-pack Event

Next Care-pack Date: Monday, June 25th
We will be partnering with the 185th National Air Guard to pack and ship the packages at the 113 CAV National Guard Armory. We will setup at 5:30 p.m. and begin packing at 5:45 p.m. Click on our page “Care-Packages” for directions to our location and a list of items that we include in the care-packages.

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 to receive up to 4 free tickets per family.

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