Inter-Faith Ministries’s Operation Holiday kicked off the season today, with organizations throughout the city hosting collection boxes for non-perishable food, grocery store gift cards, both new and gently used winter wear, blankets, pet food, and new toys now through early December.
Last year, Operation Holiday served 13,553 residents of Sedgwick County, including 5,367 children and 2,006 youth. Children 14 and under receive gifts through IFM’s partnership with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, while youth aged 15-17 receive gifts through IFM’s Operation Holiday Teen2Teen program.
“For many of us, the holidays are a special time —but for too many of our low-income neighbors, money is especially tight, and it can be a pretty stressful time,” says Inter-Faith Ministries Executive Director LaTasha St. Arnault. “For those struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis, a new coat to fit their growing child or help with groceries can make all the difference in the world.”
HOW TO APPLY
Today also marks the first day folks can apply for assistance through Operation Holiday. Households must apply in-person at one of 10 application sites now through Friday, November 30, and bring with them proof of identification, address and income.
Click here for more information, including application locations and hours.
DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS
Distribution of goods will take place December 13-15 at the Operation Holiday distribution center located at Towne West Mall (4600 W. Kellogg, NW corner between Dick’s and Convergys). If you would like more information on supporting Operation Holiday through a donation, hosting a collection box, or volunteering at the distribution center anytime now through distribution in mid-December, please visit OperationHoliday.org or contact IFM directly at 316-264-9303.