SIOUX CENTER—Heritage Christmas, originally slated for Dec. 4-5 at Heritage Village in Sioux Center, is canceled.
The Heritage Board made the decision based on Gov. Kim Reynolds mandates issued Monday, Nov. 16, that restricts social, community, business and leisure gatherings to 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors for people who do not normally live or work together.
“It’s very sad,” said Heritage Board member Colleen Van Berkum. “We spent a lot of time planning already, especially working to find volunteers to help those nights. But we still plan to decorate the grounds in case anyone wants to stop by Heritage Village this holiday season.”
Employees of American State Bank’s Sioux Center branch helped with the decorating by coming out Wednesday morning, Nov. 18, to decorate Roelof’s Store.
“We still want to share the spirit of Christmas because Christmas itself isn’t canceled,” said bank employee Bre Ellis.
The sale of the wreaths businesses are creating for Rising Arrows’ wreath walk will be online Dec. 4-9 instead of in person at the multipurpose building as it had planned to be during the event.
“It’s sad to have so many changes, a little frustrating even, but at least we have online as an option for this fundraiser,” said Rising Arrows Day Camp founder and director Samantha Mosher.
Twenty-five Sioux Center businesses have decorated and hung a wreath that will be on display at their business through Nov. 30 for people to view in person. People may come into each business to “vote” for their favorite wreath. Each vote costs $1. The business with the most votes will get a Medal of Honor to carry with them for the next year and bragging rights.
All the money raised supports Rising Arrows, a ministry dream of Mosher that was supposed to launch this summer but did not due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We didn’t have the chance to share as much about what our goal is, so this fundraiser idea came to mind as something fun and different for the holiday season, as something the whole community could be involved in and a way to support local businesses, especially after so many were impacted by closures this year,” Mosher said.
Wreaths will be for sale online at charityauction.bid/risingarrows2020.