Christmas Programs Across the Counties
Sieda is working hard to secure the opportunity for low-income families to receive in some way a gift for Christmas. We have programs in December for the pre-qualified low-income senior households in several counties. As well as, Children’s Christmas giving for 0-18 year-olds living in low-income homes in multiple counties. Plus, our centers provide Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) for those that qualify, and many centers have coats with the help of donations and Community 1st CU.
With help from partnerships and donations, Sieda is reaching individuals and families at Christmas. After all, this season stretches even the financially secure. It is a difficult time of year with increased heating costs, needing extra layers of clothing to stay warm, and Christmas giving. This is especially difficult for those who are in need. Mixing the stress of financial woes with the needs of this time of year can be a lot to handle. Sieda and our partnering groups recognize this fact and are giving aid.
Sieda and other groups are trying to meet that need in 2019. Listed is county information on the programs we have at one of our centers or at a partnering group.
Appanoose County Silver & Gold Christmas Program
The Sieda Appanoose County Resource Center provides seniors food and other donated items. Applications for 60-year-olds and older are avaliable at the Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center at 111 North Main Street, Centerville or if you have questions call 641-856-8437. Please have applications turned in by November 27th to gaurantee a food bag.
Distribution will be Friday, December 13th at the same location.
If you would like to donate they need non-perishable foods, cold weather items, and toiletries for senior gifts. Any little thing will help a senior in Appanoose County. Please drop your items at the Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center or if you have questions call 641-856-8437. In 2018, Appanoose Silver & Gold provided gift bags to a total of 125 senior homes with 144 individuals.
Davis County ICARE Program
The Davis County community comes together to provide gifts and food boxes to those that applied to ICARE. Applications are picked up at the Davis County Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center. Applications need to be returned by December 2nd to receive gifts. Any applications turned in after may receive limited items. You can call our Davis County Sieda Center at 641-664-1911 or stop by 203 South Madison Street, Bloomfield. The office is open Monday and Friday. This program provides nearly 300 individuals food or gifts for Christmas because of the donors and those that adopted from the Angel Tree at Brothers Market (Old Keith’s Foods). It is a countywide effort to bring gifts to children and food boxes to families who applied to ICARE. Please call to see how to help.
Distribution will be Friday, December 20th at the Fairgrounds in Bloomfield from 8:30 till 2 pm.
Jefferson County Sieda Children’s Christmas Program
Last year the Children’s Christmas Program at the Sieda Jefferson County Resource Center provided 571 children gifts with the generous help of the community. Your amazing donations help provide toys, clothing, and other items. There are adoption mittens hanging on trees in a variety of places across Fairfield. Please have adoption and donation gifts brought to the center by the 13th. The Jefferson County Sieda Center is in a new location just around the corner.
Applications for households with children 0 – 18 years-old are avaliable at the Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center at 2200 West Jefferson Ave.,
Fairfield or if you have questions call 641-472-6140. Please have applications turned in by December 10th, you will be placed on a waiting list after that date.
Distribution will be Wednesday and Thursday, December 18th and 19th at the Library in Fairfield.
Mahaska County Resource Center Christmas
For Christmas 2018 the Mahaska County Resource Center with the help of the community provided 504 children gifts for Christmas. With help again this year from donations and adoptions we hope to continue to help the children of low-income homes. If you are interested in donating or adopting call 641-673-8758 or visit Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center at 114 North Market, Oskaloosa.
Sieda’s Mahaska County Center will be accepting applications till December 13th. Applications for households with children 0 – 18 years-old are available at the center.
Distribution will be Friday, December 20th at the Central United Methodist Church.
Van Buren County Christmas for Kids
You can call our Van Buren Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center at 319-293-3722 or visit 902 4th Street, Keosauqua for more information. The office is open Open: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday.
Wapello County Children’s Christmas & Silver Bells Programs
Wapello County Resource Center holds two Christmas Programs with the help of the community. Silver Bells for the seniors, pick- up is on December 6th. The 2018 Silver Bells program had a total of 215 homes with 246 seniors.
For the Children’s program, individuals are adopted through Ottumwa Fire Department’s Sparky Claus at a variety of locations and through other great businesses. If you are interested in donating or adopting please call (641) 682-8741 ext. 145. Please drop gifts at the fire station by December 8th or if after at the Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center at 725 West Second Street, Ottumwa. The Wapello Children’s Christmas Program, in 2018, provided 300 households with a total of 732 children gifts.
Applications are available at the Wapello Center for children ages 0 to 18. Applications need to be returned by December 6th. Any applications turned in after may not be adopted and will choose items at the Sieda Wapello County Shopping Day. Be sure to stop by or call the Wapello Center at (641) 682-8741.
Families of children not adopted have a chance to come by and select toys donated by the Ottumwa Fire Station on Friday, December 13th. If you’re family was adotped you will be contacted before that date to pick-up your gifts.