Sieda Community Action Gives Meals, Presents to the Elderly in Need

Sieda Community Action gives out gifts to the eldery for Christmas.
Sieda Community Action gives out gifts to the eldery for Christmas.(KYOU)
Published: Dec. 11, 2020 at 9:58 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The holidays can sometimes seem like a lot of buying. But there are those for whom Christmas is a struggle each year just to even put food on the table.

Sieda Community Action in Ottumwa seeks to help that. They gave out bags of food, enough for Christmas Dinner, as well as presents.

Lisa Collins with Sieda says Grace Church donated the presents - mittens, socks, blankets - while the food “we purchased from Fareway, John Deere donated a large part of the money for that, Southern Iowa Electric, Principal here in town.”

So it became the Silver Bells program. With almost 300 bags, for anyone 65 and older that applied earlier in the year. Cars were lined up in the rain, and those receiving assistance saying it’s needed.

Collins says, “this year specifically with COVID a lot of the eldery are in and have not been able to get out. A lot of the eldery don’t have enough money for food, so this provides them enough food to make Christmas dinner and gives them a gift where they might not have one otherwise.”

It’s been a tough year, but Sieda is helping to make it better for those who might need it most.

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