Sieda is working hard to secure the opportunity for low-income families to receive in some way gifts for Christmas. We have programs in December for the pre-qualified low-income senior households in several counties. As well as, Children’s gifts for 0-18 year-olds living in low-income homes in multiple counties. Plus, our centers provide Heating Assistance (LIHEAP) for those that qualify.

Sieda and other groups are trying to meet that need in 2020. Listed is county information on the programs we have at one of our centers or at a partnering group.

Appanoose County

Silver & Gold Program provides seniors food bags. Applications were mailed to our 60-year-olds and older that are income qualified. The Distribution will be Thursday, December 17th, at the Sieda Appanoose County Resource Center. Please have applications turned in by November 25th, no laterFor questions about donating food or senior gifts or with help with the application, please contact the Sieda Appanoose Center at 641-856-8437. In 2019, Appanoose Silver & Gold provided gift bags to 165 seniors.

For Operation Santa Programyou can pick up and drop off applications at the Sieda Appanoose Center at 111 North Main Street, Centerville. Applications need to be returned by November 13th to the Sieda Appanoose Center or mailed before. There is a dropbox outside, but please make sure everything stays together (ex: envelope). Clients who apply have to be income verified. This can be done through Heating Assistance (LIHEAP) or can be done through other options at Sieda at 641-856-8437. For questions about Operation Santa, please call 641-437-3450.

Davis County ICARE Program

The Davis County community comes together to provide gifts and food boxes to those that apply to ICARE. Because of COVID-19, some things will be different. Applications were mailed out to families that participated before. The Applications are also available in a box outside as well as a return box. If you are new, click here for the Children’s Gift Application or for the Family Food Book Application. You can also call our Davis County Sieda Center at 641-664-1911 or stop by 203 South Madison Street, Bloomfield. The applications have more details.

Applications need to be returned to the same location, much earlier this year, by Monday, November 16th, to receive gifts. 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. Please call to see how to help.

The distribution will be a drive-thru on Friday, December 18th, at the Fairgrounds in Bloomfield from 8:30 till 2 pm.

Jefferson County Sieda Children’s Christmas Program

Last year the program at the Sieda Jefferson County Resource Center provided 456 children gifts with the generous help of the community. Your amazing donations help provide toys, clothing, and other items. There will adoption mittens hanging on trees in a variety of places across Fairfield.

Applications for households with children 0 – 18 years old are available in the lobby and will try to have a few in the LIHEAP box outside of the Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center at 2200 West Jefferson Avenue, Fairfield.  If you have questions or help, for social distancing and safety, please call 641-472-6140. The deadline for applications is Thursday, December 10th. You must return your application to pick up the slip with the time, date, and location of the distribution. Turn them in as soon as possible to be adopted.

The distribution will be Thursday and Friday, December 17th, and 18th.

Mahaska County Resource Center Christmas

The Mahaska County Resource Center in 2019, with the help of the community, provided 452 children gifts. With your help, again this year, we hope to continue to help the children of low-income homes. If you are interested in donating or adopting, call 641-673-8758. 

Sieda Mahaska County Resource Center at 114 North Market, Oskaloosa, has applications available inside. You must return your applications by December 11th. Applications are for children 0 – 18 years old. Please get them in as soon as possible to be income verified and adopted. For safety, please call 641-673-8758 if you have questions or need help.

The Distribution will be Friday, December 18th, at the Central United Methodist Church.

Van Buren County Christmas for Kids

Applications were due October 1st. You can call our Sieda Neighborhood Resource Center at 641-664-1911 for more information. If you applied you will be called with a date, time, and place to pick up gifts.

Wapello County Children’s Christmas & Silver Bells Programs

Wapello County Resource Center holds two Holiday Programs with the help of the community. Silver Bells for the seniors, pick- up is on December 11th. Applications were mailed to those that qualify. This program last year had a total of 215 homes with 247 seniors.

For the Wapello County Children’s Christmas Program, individuals are adopted through the 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. Gifts can be dropped at the fire station or the Sieda Resource Center at 725 West Second Street, Ottumwa. In 2019 items were provided to 531 children.

Applications are available inside the Wapello Resource Center for children ages 0 to 18. Applications need to be returned by December 14th. Please get applications turned in as soon as possible to be adopted. If not adopted, there will a Shopping Day. For COVID safety, please call if you have questions or need help (641) 682-8741.

If the children are not adopted, a parent or legal guardian will be able to come on Friday, December 18th. If your family was adopted, Sieda will contact you before that date to pick-up your gifts.