Donations through the Des Moines Register are distributed through ICAA to the 17 community action agencies throughout Iowa. Applications for the program are taken starting in November and typically ends in January/February. Eligible clients with incomes up to 200% of poverty are limited to $500 of assistance for anything with the exception of purchase of a vehicle. Most families request assistance with such things as utilities, appliances such as washers/dryers/cooking stoves/furnaces and car repair. Funds for the program are entirely donated so the number of clients who can be served varies from year to year. Watch our website for more information with specifics when the program is in operation each year.