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The Sioux County Capital-Democrat has been a principal newspaper in Sioux County serving local readers. It is one of the largest circulating newspapers in Sioux County with a subscribership of more than 1200. The heaviest circulation for The Sioux County Capital-Democrat is in the southern section of Sioux County, serving primarily the cities and rural routes of Orange City, Alton, Hospers, Maurice, and Granville, with subscribers in Sioux Center, Sheldon, Boyden, Hull, Rock Valley, Hawarden and Ireton.
The Sioux County Capital Democrat is one of the largest circulating newspapers in Sioux County with a distribution in excess of 1,200. The heaviest circulation is in the south section of Sioux County, serving primarily the cities and rural routes of: • Orange City • Hospers • Alton • Sioux Center • Granville • Maurice Also serving: Sheldon, Boyden, Hull, Rock Valley, Hawarden and Ireton.
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Support continues for family of the deployed
By SARAH WEBER
ORANGE CITY — In February of 2018, Jesse Mars and Jenna Vreugdenhil started Serving Siouxland, a Facebook group to reach local community members in need. “I was in a Bible study at church and realized God was asking me to do this,” Mars said. The idea was to create a place “to help foster parents, single moms, or just those down on their luck a place they could express a need, or people who want to help can,” she said. The group grew and nearing two-thousand members seeking ways to help those in need. “It has been such a blessing, not only to those we can help but to us as well.”
And the reach of the group has also grown. It has become a place people in Northwest Iowa go to communicate a need and share items with the local community.
This June, Mars had a very personal connection with a community of people in need. “A good friend of the family was deployed with the Iowa National Guard.” Mars remembers, “looking at the videos and pictures of his wife and kids standing on an overpass with family and friends waving as his bus went past, I again felt God tell me I needed to do something.” She discussed an idea with her husband about the best way to help and agreed they felt taking care of the families of the deployed was their calling.
“I contacted my neighbor and friend Becky Hiemstra, a photographer and graphic designer. Together we designed some RED gear. ” RED stands for “remember everyone deployed” and created shirts and sweatshirts for people to wear every Friday to show support for area troops who are deployed. They sold 148 apparel items. With the money, Mars has sent 13 care packages out monthly to local deployed soldiers’ families. “We created a basket with a DIY fort kit, Fareway gift cards, Pizza Ranch gift cards, Pumpkin Farm admissions, fun things for families to enjoy.” Mars says she “hopes through the packages families can find a little joy while their loved ones are away.” Each month as Mars delivers the baskets; she sees the children’s excitement in anticipation of the fun surprises.
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