For Christmas 2021, Sieda clients living in Mahaska County were supported through two programs. Both the Sieda Mahaska County Children’s Christmas and the Oskaloosa Police Department Christmas. To clarify, families that applied to Sieda were also provided to the Oskaloosa Police Department. Meanwhile, Sieda handled other children with the help of many great businesses and groups. No child is left without. Sieda funds the gifts of children not adopted.
People and businesses in our counties have shown again why Sieda is blessed to serve our communities. For 2021, Sieda Mahaska County Resource Center provided gifts to 284 children, ages 0 to 18-years-old. With the help of many in the community, that assists 116 families with toys and items to go under the Christmas tree.
Winter is a difficult time of year. Heating cost, winter clothing, and providing for your children during Christmas are hard on all families. Especially for the 456 families with children under the age of 18 in Mahaska County below the 100% poverty line . Sieda’s Christmas program follows the LIHEAP (Heating Assistance) guidelines, allowing us to help families below the 200% poverty level. Meaning even more families can get the help they need. With the programs we have in Mahaska County, Sieda helped 329 families with children and 712 children in 2020 .
Most importantly, many great businesses in the area helped with gifts. Thank you for adopting families and children this year. We appreciate all of the people from businesses, groups, and the community that gave to others. There were some very generous and wonderful businesses that took on many of our children and we are very appreciative.
Additional thanks to the Central United Methodist Church for opening their doors again for Sieda to distribute gifts. And the Oskaloosa Police Department Christmas Program’s help in the community.