WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Earlier this week, KSN hosted two telethons for HumanKind’s annual Operation Holiday. Thanks to our viewers, more than $20,000 was raised, but the need is not yet met.

Operation Holiday is still in need of non-perishable food and coats. They are currently short 1,000 cans of soup, 2,000 boxes of cereal, and around 3,000 new or like-new kid’s coats, specifically in larger sizes (youth XL and up). They are also still in need of blankets, granola bars, and fruit cups.

“We’ve seen a 20% increase in children’s applications alone this year, and that means we need more coats than ever. We have around 5,000 coats in our warehouse, which is incredible, but we need more, especially larger sizes. Parents tell us it’s the thing they worry about most in the winter because they need a new coat every year,” said Matty Marx, Operation Holiday manager.

HumanKind also has online Amazon and Walmart wish lists through which coats and other items can be purchased and shipped directly to HumanKind.

“We’re planning on serving about 14,000 people and have about 8,000 of those being children, and so it’s a huge need, and it’s very important for people to come together and step up and help us be able supply families with all this stuff,” said Ashleigh Hollis, HumanKind Ministries Community Relations Manager.

HumanKind is holding its annual Day of Giving, in conjunction with Operation Holiday joint sponsor Dillons, this Saturday, Dec. 10, at Central and Rock and 21st and Maize from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Distribution will take place from Wednesday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 17. To donate, take your items to one of these locations:

  • The Operation Holiday warehouse, in the former Sears Auto Center at Towne East Mall. It is open from Monday through Saturday. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • HumanKind Admin Office Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Any Operation Holiday collection site

Monetary donations can be made at operationholiday.org.