While many look forward to the holidays, some in the Wichita community struggle this time of year.

KSN is partnering with Inter-Faith Ministries to help with Operation Holiday. It’s an annual program that provides food, warm coats, other winter wear and toys to families and individuals.

As part of “Giving Tuesday,” a nationwide movement to give back to the community, Operation Holiday organizers are asking for the public’s help.

The public can donate the following items: warm coats, blankets, winter accessories, food, toys and gift cards.

Operation Holiday serves thousands of people every year. Organizers said the holiday assistance program served 13,500 families and individuals in 2017.

“The holidays are a time for family and food and getting together and counting our blessings, and so many of our struggling neighbors really struggle around this time of year,” said Inter-Faith Ministries executive director LaTasha St. Arnault.

Donations can be dropped off at the distribution center (old Sears) inside Towne West Mall.

If you can’t donate, consider volunteering for Operation Holiday.

Do you need help this holiday season?

Operation Holiday is accepting applications until Friday. 

In order to qualify, applicants must apply in person. There are ten application sites that can be found on operationholiday.org.

All applicants are screened.

“I think it’s important to note that this Operation Holiday is an un-duplicated service to the families and individuals that we serve,” said St. Arnault.

What to bring to application site:

  • Photo I.D.
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of income
  • Social security number of every family member

If accepted, Operation Holiday will distribute items on December 13, 14 and 15 at the distribution center.