Operation Holiday makes final push for donations


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Every little bit helps. Operation Holiday will distribute to those in need starting Thursday.

“When I was young, we were on that fixed income, and this is where my mom came to shop,” says Rhonda Hicks, who stopped by to donate food she collected at Wichita State. “And I tell everyone, this is where I got my first doll, I got my first toys. I would get a hat, scarf, coat.”

Hicks is one of hundreds coming into the old Sears entrance at Towne West Square, to donate to Operation Holiday.

Volunteers say the donations have been strong. But, more is needed.

“What do I do out here? I’m right now Getting all the people in the community that are interested in helping us out, actually get out here,” says Alex Reazin. “I just think it’s a collection of a lot of people who want to do good for their community and it shows.”

Alex and others helping with Operation Holiday are taking donations through Thursday. Operation Holiday begins its distribution on Thursday to those in need for the holidays. The doors open at 9 a.m. for families who signed up and qualified for the help.

Dillions offered a check for more than $7,100 to help, along with dozens of $20 gift cards for those who need a little help this year.

The group says it still needs cereal, canned goods, non-perishable proteins and also cash. You can bring donations to the Towne West Square on the west side at the former Sears entrance. The group opens the doors for donations at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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