USO Iowa doesn’t let geography limit their ability to reach service members living in remote parts of the state. National Guard service members and their families can sometimes feel disconnected when they live and work far away from the military community where they conduct their military duties. Last month, USO Iowa partnered with the Iowa National Guard Warrior & Family Services Branch (WFSB) on a night of holiday fun that helped close the gap.
“Thank you for supporting us during the holidays! It was a fun event that the families seemed to really enjoy,” said a military spouse who attended.
The USO Polar Express Party was hosted at six strategic locations across the state of Iowa with the largest population of military family communities: Davenport, Waterloo, Iowa City, Camp Dodge in Johnston, Sioux City, and Council Bluffs. With the help of teammates and volunteers around the state, USO was able to host spectacular holiday parties at each location, featuring a photo booth, take-home craft kits, give-a-ways for military youth, and a viewing party of the holiday classic movie “The Polar Express” with cookies and hot chocolate. Throughout these six, different military communities, National Guard service members were encouraged to find the USO Polar Express Party closest to them and attend and meet other military families in their communities.
“Thanks again for sponsoring the Polar Express Parties! We had over 30 guests here in Sioux City which was great considering we had a huge snowstorm roll through leaving us with 5 inches of snow,” said a military spouse attendee from Sioux City. “Everyone had a great time. We even had Santa come in a Humvee for a photo opportunity. We really appreciate what the USO does for us.”
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