Operation Holiday Smiles (OHS) is our holiday season program where we provide annual holiday support to our families. We provide a fall outing, typically a Pumpkin Patch Outing, and SMS partners with LSI 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 have the opportunity take photos with Santa. During this event, entertainment is provided and honor of National Adoption Month.
The children also give us their wish lists, which are then placed on a Giving Tree at host locations in 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. These gifts go to children to help with the celebration of Christmas, and they also help alleviate some financial costs for the foster/adoptive parents.