The Operation Holiday program was able to serve more than 14,000 low-income families and individuals this year.
Inter-Faith wrapped up its annual program this week. A spokesperson with the organization said the program exceeded the amount of last year’s families and individuals helped by some 500.
IFM had grave concerns about low inventory just the week before distribution, but the Wichita community stepped up and answered the organization’s calls for donations in a big way—enabling IFM to serve several hundred more struggling residents of Sedgwick County than last year.
“To every donor, volunteer and community partner who gave their time, energy, and funds to support our Operation Holiday program, we truly cannot thank you enough,” says Inter-Faith Ministries Executive Director LaTasha St. Arnault. “The whole Wichita community came together to support this important program, especially in the final days leading up to distribution, and we have been just blown away by the generosity we have witnessed.”
The following items were distributed to families and individuals in need:
- 78,000 canned goods
- 2,800+ blankets
- 1,600 teen gifts
- $10,000 worth of pet food
- roughly 7,700 coats
- thousands of toys through a partnership with U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots
Inter-Faith Ministries says they were able to give away all of their stock of winter wear, toys, and
blankets—with only minimal food leftover, which will all go to support meals at the organization’s three homeless shelters.
“Witnessing Operation Holiday distribution is unlike anything else,” says IFM’s Operation Holiday
Director Ashley Davis. “I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to see the smiles on these people’s faces, the excitement over little things that many of us take for granted—like a few extra cans of food or a new blanket.”
It’s not too late to support Inter-Faith Ministries’s year-round work to connect struggling individuals and families with basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing and more through its three homeless shelters and three low-income, affordable apartment complexes. Donate today at interfaithwichita.org/donate to maximize your tax benefits.
Donations of food and money will continue to be accepted at all Wichita Dillons locations through the end of the month, with later gifts supporting IFM’s three homeless shelters.
Contact Kate Webb
Cell 316-806-6070 (preferred)