Holidays and Special Events
Looking forward to something special
Memorial Day Celebration and Veterans Day
The Iowa Veterans Home celebrates these two holidays with a special program held in the Malloy Building. Special music, guest speakers and dignitaries are a part of each ceremony. The residents, families, staff and community residents are welcome to attend.
4th of July
The 4th of July is always filled with activity and anticipation of the community fireworks display in the evening. The picnic in the courtyard is served by volunteers/staff and sponsored by the Resident Council. Special entertainment during the afternoon is likely to include music. Transportation to a special viewing location is arranged by Recreation Therapies so the residents can participate in the Marshalltown Community.
IVH Appreciation Week
Spring is the season of "renewal" and it is very fitting that the early spring is the time to celebrate the efforts and contributions of all the dedicated staff, support the Community Food Box, and provide opportunity to interact with the local elementary school children. In May, IVH designates activities to be enjoyed by everyone and to include community participation. The week is full of special events that include: antique farm equipment show/parade, barnyard animals, Food Box Drive, raffles for prizes, bake sale, pie auction, barbeque, mini Olympics, patriotic bingo, and more.
Halloween is celebrated with a party on each unit and a dance in the Atha Dining Room.
Christmas for residents at the Iowa Veterans Home begins early in December with the annual Family Christmas Visit Day, which is usually held on the first Saturday of December. Family and friends of residents are invited to come and enjoy special music and entertainment. While touring the facility, family and friends can snack on holiday cookies, popcorn, and other refreshments as well as visit the IVH Gift Shop to look for Christmas presents and stocking stuffers. Santa’s photo shop and craft table are located in the Malloy LRC as well. In addition to the Family Christmas Visit Day, the residents enjoy the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping at the American Legion Auxiliary Gift Shop where a limited number of gifts can be selected (at no cost to the resident), packaged and shipped, compliments of the Auxiliary. The Marshalltown Community Merchants have initiated the "Adopt-a-Vet" program which provides families in the community an opportunity to adopt a veteran and buy them a Christmas gift, all in the spirit of the season. The IVH Volunteer Services Program receives sufficient funding, from a variety of civic and veteran organizations, to purchase a gift and celebrate the Christmas season with every resident of the Iowa Veterans Home.
The IVH Chaplains also provide religious services in the chapel during the holiday season.