What We Do

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Operation Holiday Smiles (OHS) is currently the most functional and successful program within SMS, going on its fifth year. SMS partners with IKN to host the Holiday Dinner Celebration, held in November, at which a complete traditional Thanksgiving meal is provided to all families in attendance. In addition, the children get to take photos with Santa and give Santa’s elves their Christmas Wish Lists. During this event, entertainment is provided and a candlelight ceremony takes place in honor of National Adoption Month. The children’s wish lists are then placed on a Giving Tree at host locations in the Council Bluffs and surrounding regions, from which sponsors purchase the gifts that the children have requested. These gifts are collected, wrapped and given to foster/adoptive parents before Christmas. Not only do these gifts go to children to help them celebrate Christmas, but they also help alleviate some financial costs for the foster/adoptive parents. 

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