Letting Soldier’s Know You Care This Holiday Season – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Letting Soldier’s Know You Care This Holiday Season – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Support Siouxland Soldiers held it’s 4th Holiday Care Package event on Saturday. Families and friends filled up box after box for their loved ones overseas. There were different stations to pick from, with things like toothpaste, socks, holiday cards and candy.

One mom was making a care package for her 21-year old son who serves in the U.S. Navy and is currently in Afghanistan.

“He said anytime he gets a box it feels like Christmas. He never know what’s going to be in it, so it’s always a surprise and they just really really just appreciate anything that comes over there.”

Support Siouxland Soliders provides everything families need to make the care package, all you need it your soldier’s address. It takes about 3 weeks for the soldiers to get their holiday surprise.

Families Prepare For Soldiers’ Homecoming – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Families Prepare For Soldiers’ Homecoming – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

About 100 volunteers toughed out the heat, to make sure their loved ones feel welcome when they return from Afghanistan.

More than 3,000 Iowa soldiers went overseas last year, but they will be home by the end of July.

“It’s been up and down, you don’t hear from him, technology nowadays, you don’t hear for 10 days you freak out, you think it’s a long time, but think of the old days, that really wasn’t that long,” said Patrick McKeever, who’s son is in the 113th Cavalry in Afghanistan.

People worked through the summer sun, to make sure the soldiers feel welcomed.

“It’s really important for the troops to see that their community missed them, and supports them, and that we are really proud of them, and we’re just really glad that they’re home safe,” said Sarah Petersen, from Support Siouxland Soldiers.

The families don’t know the exact date their loved ones will return, but they can’t wait for that day to arrive.

“His mom, brother, and sister, and all his family together and just enjoy it.  I’m leaving July 30th to go out of the country, so I’m praying he gets back by then,” said McKeever.

The families say they usually don’t find out when the soldiers come home until about 48 hours beforehand.

Military Families Get Support During The Holidays – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Military Families Get Support During The Holidays – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Many Siouxland military families were not together for the holidays last year and for many soldiers who just came back from deployment, this time of year can be very stressful. But tonight an event helped with some of those problems.

Sioux City’s Public Museum was turned into a Christmas base filled with about 150 military families. The mission? “Operation Pay it Forward.”

“Holidays are hard, especially for our military members. Some of them come home to no jobs, some of them come home laid off and it’s just helps to make things a little bit more fun for them,” said a volunteer for Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Support Siouxland Soldiers, the museum and the Free Masons of Iowa gave the families an opportunity to have some holiday fun together and for the kids Christmas came early. Each of them got to choose a toy, a book and a Scentsy Buddy.

And to help Support Siouxland Soldiers continue their work in the home-front, the Iowa Free Masons donated $10,000 to help make sure our heroes have a safe happy holiday back home.

Free Military Concert at Firehouse – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Free Military Concert at Firehouse – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Firehouse is helping throw a live music concert Saturday night for Support Siouxland Soldiers. It’s a free event honoring Siouxland Soldiers past and present. There’s four local bands playing to show support to 350 of our local soldiers. There’s T–shirts for $15 which will fund care packages for military men and women who are deployed. And the more you drink, the better.

“Every drink sold tonight, fifty cents of it goes to Support Siouxland Soldiers,” said Brittany Dekker, Support Siouxland Soldiers.

On top of drink proceeds, the owner of Firehouse is matching the bartenders tips to donate to the organization.

“I wanted to give back to the soldiers. The soldiers are risking their lives for us and this is our chance to throw them one heck of a bash,” said Paul Andersen.

The party goes til 1 a.m.

Fast Food Chain Takes Quick Action to Support Local Troops – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Fast Food Chain Takes Quick Action to Support Local Troops – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

A restaurant chain is asking you to support our troops.

Wendy’s restaurants in Sioux City and South Sioux City are putting up collection sites for Support Siouxland Soldiers, who send care packages to troops deployed overseas.

And for one manager, there’s a person connection – his son is deployed to Afghanistan.

“Talking to my son, he just thinks it’s Christmas every time he gets a package. A lot of our family are sending packages directly to him. I mean you send him candy and he just goes nuts on it,” says Wendy’s Manager Patrick McKeever.

Patrick’s son is with the 113th Cavalry based in Sioux City.

The troops are in need of everything from beef jerky to batteries.

The packages go to all Siouxland soldiers, and the drive will continue until the soldiers come home.

Group Wants Help Sending Care Packages to Local Soldiers – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Group Wants Help Sending Care Packages to Local Soldiers – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Next Care-Pack Event: Saturday, September 26th

Time: 11am-12 Noon
Location: 1-113th CAV Armory (by the airport, directions below)

You are invited to bring your friends and family and join us in packing care-packages for our Siouxland Soldiers who are away from family and friends. Because of a lot of returned care-packages, we are cleaning the slate. If you have not submitted your Soldier’s APO/FPO address within the last 2 months please resubmit their address. Thank you.
Bring photos, cards and extra goodies to customize a Soldier’s care-box then fill their package with items that have been donated from the Siouxland Community. Does your place of business offer a discount to military families? Email us and we will place a link to your company’s website from our Facebook Fan Page. Search: Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Patriot Club: We need:
2 volunteers to setup and run the book fair: price the books at either $.25 or $.75 cents
2 volunteers to setup tables at 9:30am
2 volunteers to construct boxes at 11am
2 volunteers to make sure boxes are full and include our card
2 volunteers to tape boxes shut
2 volunteers to help guests fill out their customs forms
2 volunteers to keep tables stocked
All volunteers can help put the care-pack items on the tables for packing

1-2 greeters that hand-out boxes

All Patriot Club Members who plan to attend, Please email me back with the station you’d like to be at.

Directions:
1. Take the Sergeant Bluff exit coming from Sioux City (CR-D38 exit- EXIT 141)
2. Turn RIGHT towards the Airport onto 1ST ST / CR-D38 W.
3. 1ST ST / CR-D38 W becomes ODESSA AVE.
4. Before you enter the Airport area, Take your first LEFT onto HALSEY ST.
5. Take your first left onto OGDEN AVE / CR-D38.
6. Turn RIGHT onto HARBOR DR.

7. On Harbor Dr. you will drive past the 185th Air Guard entrance on your right, keep going straight, you will take a left at the National Guard Armory. (Tall Yellow building on your left) You will go through a security fence that will be open for the Care Pack Guests.
Support Siouxland Soldiers
www.supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com

 

Local Group Sets Up Fallen Soldier Fund – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Local Group Sets Up Fallen Soldier Fund – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

SIOUX CITY – A Fallen Siouxland Soldier Fund has been set up by Support Siouxland Soldiers at Security National Bank. As grateful Americans, we want to express our appreciation to those who pay the ultimate price of death for our Country. We can never replace the loss of life, but we can honor the sacrifices of these American Heroes by providing for their families and remembering the price they paid.

100% of the funds raised will assist the families of those Siouxland Soldiers who have been injured or killed as a part of the Global War on Terrorism.

Donations can be made to: Fallen Siouxland Soldier Fund at any Security National Bank location or checks can be mailed to:

Fallen Siouxland Soldier Fund
Support Siouxland Soldiers
PO Box 5122
Sioux City, IA 51102.

The families of the fallen Siouxland Soldiers can apply for the funds by emailing info@SupportSiouxlandSoldiers.com.

Group Wants Help Sending Care Packages to Local Soldiers

Group Wants Help Sending Care Packages to Local Soldiers – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Next Care-Pack Event: Saturday, September 25th

Time: 11am-12 Noon
Location: 1-113th CAV Armory (by the airport, directions below)

You are invited to bring your friends and family and join us in packing care-packages for our Siouxland Soldiers who are away from family and friends. Because of a lot of returned care-packages, we are cleaning the slate. If you have not submitted your Soldier’s APO/FPO address within the last 2 months please resubmit their address. Thank you.
Bring photos, cards and extra goodies to customize a Soldier’s care-box then fill their package with items that have been donated from the Siouxland Community. Does your place of business offer a discount to military families? Email us and we will place a link to your company’s website from our Facebook Fan Page. Search: Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Patriot Club: We need:
2 volunteers to setup and run the book fair: price the books at either $.25 or $.75 cents
2 volunteers to setup tables at 9:30am
2 volunteers to construct boxes at 11am
2 volunteers to make sure boxes are full and include our card
2 volunteers to tape boxes shut
2 volunteers to help guests fill out their customs forms
2 volunteers to keep tables stocked
All volunteers can help put the care-pack items on the tables for packing

1-2 greeters that hand-out boxes

All Patriot Club Members who plan to attend, Please email me back with the station you’d like to be at.

Directions:
1. Take the Sergeant Bluff exit coming from Sioux City (CR-D38 exit- EXIT 141)
2. Turn RIGHT towards the Airport onto 1ST ST / CR-D38 W.
3. 1ST ST / CR-D38 W becomes ODESSA AVE.
4. Before you enter the Airport area, Take your first LEFT onto HALSEY ST.
5. Take your first left onto OGDEN AVE / CR-D38.
6. Turn RIGHT onto HARBOR DR.

7. On Harbor Dr. you will drive past the 185th Air Guard entrance on your right, keep going straight, you will take a left at the National Guard Armory. (Tall Yellow building on your left) You will go through a security fence that will be open for the Care Pack Guests.
Support Siouxland Soldiers
www.supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com

Free Minutes for Soldiers to Call Home from Overseas – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Free Minutes for Soldiers to Call Home from Overseas – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Support Siouxland Soldiers buys 15,000 minutes for the Siouxland Soldiers to Call Home.  

SIOUX CITY – The Holidays are especially difficult for military families who are missing their loved one overseas. In an effort to connect the Soldiers with their Families, Support Siouxland Soldiers has purchased 15,000 calling minutes. The minutes are purchased through SPAWAR, which allows the Soldier to call home or any cell phone from their base.
To receive your calling card, please email your contact info to: info@supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com  Subject: Free Calls
Support Siouxland Soldiers is a non-profit organization that sends care-packages to the Soldiers and provides support for the families during their deployment. To make a donation to help support our Siouxland men and women of the Armed Forces, visit supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com or find us on Facebook.
Visit supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com to view photos and read letters from the Soldiers.
SPAWAR (pronounced SPÄ-WÔR) is one of three Department of Navy major acquisition commands. SPAWAR delivers higher-end Navy information technology products and services to the fleet and other Defense Department stakeholders.

Support Siouxland Soliders, At It Again – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Support Siouxland Soliders, At It Again – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

With Christmas just weeks away, folks came together to send a little holiday joy overseas to our area soldiers.

Since several of our local soldiers won’t be home to open presents this holiday season, “Support Siouxland Soldiers” came together today to make care packages in an attempt to send a little piece of home to those fighting for our country.

Its an effort that Sioux Citian Alex Guggenmos thinks in necessary.

“It makes them feel like they’re at home because they get items that they probably have at they’re house like we’ve been sending granola bars and fruit snacks and stuff like that. ”

The packages are packed full with everything from everyday necessities to pictures and holiday cards.