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 gifts for children under 18-year-old living in low-income homes in multiple counties. Plus, our centers provide Heating Assistance (LIHEAP) for those that qualify.

Sieda and the group’s programs we are helping are trying to meet that need in 2021. Listed is county information on the programs we have applications for at our centers.

Appanoose County

The Silver & Gold Program provides seniors with food bags. Program applications were mailed to qualified 60-year-olds and older to fill out and return. The Distribution will be Friday, December 10th, at the Sieda Appanoose County Resource Center. Please have applications turned in by November 29th, no later. For questions about donating food or senior gifts or questions on the program, please, contact us at 641-856-8437. In 2020, Silver & Gold provided gift bags to 194 seniors.

Appanoose County Operation Santa Program has partnered with the Sieda Appanoose Center at 111 North Main Street, Centerville, for households to pick up and drop off applications. Applications must be returned by Friday, November 12th, to the center or mailed before. There is a dropbox outside, but please make sure everything stays together. For questions, you can call Sieda at 641-856-8437 or Operation Santa at 641-437-3450. The application button has more details.

Davis County “I CARE” Program

The Davis County community comes together to provide gifts and food boxes to those that apply to I CARE. The applications are available at Sieda Davis County Sieda Resource Center at 203 South Madison Street, Bloomfield. Click application for more information about the program and how to qualify. You can also call our center at 641-664-1911 for more details.

Applications need to be returned to the same location by Monday, November 22th, to receive gifts. This program provides nearly 300 individuals food and/or gifts for Christmas because of donors and adoptions. Please call to see how to help.

The distribution will be a drive-thru on Friday, December 17th, at the Fairgrounds in Bloomfield from 8:00 till 2 pm.

Jefferson County Sieda Children’s Christmas Program

Last year the program in Jefferson County provided 375 children gifts with the generous help of the community. Your amazing donations help provide toys, clothing, and other items. There will be adoption mittens hanging on trees in a variety of places across Fairfield.

Applications for households with children under 18 years old are available at the Sieda Jefferson County Resource Center at 2200 West Jefferson Ave, Fairfield. You must be income verified at below 200% of the poverty level through a Sieda program such as LIHEAP, FaDSS, Head Start, or others. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 8th. You must return your application for your children to be adopted. You will receive a slip to give at the distribution, plus bring your ID as well. If you have questions, please call 641-472-6140

The distribution will be Thursday, December 16th at the old Presbyterian Church at 200 S. Main Street, Fairfield.

Mahaska County Children’s Christmas Program

The Sieda Mahaska County Resource Center in 2020, with the help of the community, provided 315 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. 

Applications for households with children 0 – 18 years old are at the Sieda Mahaska County Resource Center at 114 North Market, Oskaloosa. You must return your applications by December 10th and get a slip. Please get them in as soon as possible to have your children adopted. Must be at 200% and below the poverty level. The household income will need to be verified (through LIHEAP or other Sieda programs). Please call 641-673-8758 if you have questions or need help. 

Two Distributions will be held. One by Sieda on Friday, December 17th, at the Central United Methodist Church from 9 – 3:30 pm.
The second through the Oskaloosa Police Department on December 16th and 17th from 9 to 3 pm at 610 G Avenue West (Transportation Department building).  For both, you need to bring your application slip and your ID.

Van Buren County Christmas for Kids

Applications were due October 1st. You can call our Sieda Van Buren County 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

Sieda Wapello County Resource Center holds two Holiday Programs with the help of the community. 

Silver Bells for the seniors, food, and gift bags pick up is on Friday, December 10th, from 9 – 3 pm. Applications were mailed to those that qualified. Be sure you get your application in before November 29th. This program last year had a total of 290 homes with 333 seniors.

Families that apply for the Wapello County Children’s Christmas Program are adopted through the Ottumwa Fire Department’s Sparky Claus. Adoption cards are available at a variety of locations and through businesses adopting. 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 Wapello County Resource Center at 725 West Second Street, Ottumwa. In 2020 items were provided to 628 children.

Applications are available inside our center for children ages 0 to 18. You must be income verified at below 200% of the poverty level through a Sieda program (LIHEAP or another). Applications need to be returned by December 10th or as soon as possible to be adopted. If not adopted, there will be a Shopping Day. If you have questions or need help, call (641) 682-8741.

If the children are not adopted, a parent or legal guardian will need to come Friday, December 17th. Bring your holiday slip and ID. If your family is adopted, we will call you to pick up your gifts.