Silver Bells Program
First, the 2019 Silver Bells program had a total of 215 homes with 247 seniors. All homes received an orange bag of food and every person a blue bag of gift items, from Grace Church. Read more about this program; Sieda’s 2019 Silver Bells Program.
Wapello County Children’s Christmas Program
Second, the Children’s Christmas Program provided for 291 households with a total of 531 children. Nearly 180 Children were adopted by either the Pella Corporation, Sparky Claus Trees, or others in the area. If children were adopted, the family picked up their children’s gifts.
However, for children not adopted, a family member comes to the Sieda Resource Center to select from toys, clothing, and items for their children. As well as stocking stuffer items. This year Yes Way provided a box full of candy donations for stocking stuffers. Sue from Yes Way said she used to be a Sieda Christmas Shopper, and she wanted to do something special for the program. All shopping day items are donations from the community, Sieda, and the Ottumwa Fire Department’s Sparky Claus.
Also, at distribution, we had a bike drawing. Secret Santa(s) and John Deere donated a total of 16 bikes for all ages. Interested families entered their family into a drawing for a bike that fit the right age range for their child. Click to see more; Bike Drawing.
Furthermore, we’re grateful to Pizza Hut on 4th Street and Brian Long for donating lunch to Sieda and all our volunteers during the Christmas Distribution.
Thank you to everyone that makes this program a huge success. We appreciate the Ottumwa Fire Department’s Sparky Claus and many in the community donating and adopting. We could not reach as many alone. Your efforts helped make a very happy holiday for the low-income families in Wapello!