• Providing identification cards “Kid Pics” to school age children. The money for the equipment was donated by the Bock Family Foundation in Perry. The hard plastic identification card has the child’s picture, height, weight, and parent’s information on it. The process, including taking a photo of the child, takes about 10 minutes.
• “Shop With A Cop” program in December. This program allows children from Dallas County to purchase Christmas gifts for their families with the assistance of a police officer from one of the following agencies: Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Waukee Police Dept., Perry Police Dept., Adel Police Dept., De Soto Police Dept., Dallas Center Police Dept., Iowa Dept. of Transportation, and the Iowa State Patrol. This usually happens on the first or second Saturday of December and McDonalds on Jordan Creek Parkway provides the children with breakfast before heading to Walmart on Mills Civic Parkway. After the gifts are purchased, Benevolent members then assist with wrapping the gifts.
• Two $500 Scholarships to two Dallas County seniors students that will be attending college for criminal justice, fire sciences or EMT-paramedic studies.
• Maintenance of a Santa Claus Suit that can be loaned out to other organizations for use. Our organization also uses the suit to provide Santa Claus appearances throughout Dallas County when requested at no charge.
• Food Basket Program that provides meals to families the week prior to Christmas. The food is delivered to us the day before they will be delivered to families and our volunteers spend the evening preparing the boxes. Each box contain meat, milk, bread, eggs and a variety of canned and boxed dry goods. We solicit donations of money or food from private individuals and corporate entities. Past contributors have been:
Tyson’s Fresh Meats – Perry, Hy-Vee – Perry, Fareway - Adel, Hy-Line International and
Doug Bruce of Osmundson’s – Perry
• Maintaining and expanding our current programs.
• Giving small monetary donations to victims of house fires, natural disasters, and other life changing events due to emergency situations.