Deadlines Approaching For Holiday Assistance Programs

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Two major holiday assistance programs in Wichita have deadlines approaching this month.

"Now is the time to apply," said Major Douglas Rowland, Wichita City Commander of The Salvation Army.

Applicants are being accepted for the "Mission of Hope Christmas Assistance Program," which include the Angel Tree and Star of Hope gift programs.

Last year, over 10,000 kids received an Angel Tree gift. Organizers are expecting to serve more this year.

"There's a lot of people who have been laid off for a while, they're now getting to the point where they're in need of assistance," said Rowland. "They're finding of course that the unemployment isn't enough for them, for Christmas in particular. So, we're happy that we can make ourselves available to be able to help these families that are in such need this year."

Catholic Charities have teamed up with Inter-Faith Ministries' "Operation Holiday" program. The program provides non-perishable food, food voucher, coats, blankets, and a toy for children 14 and younger.

Families can only register for one of the holiday assistance programs.

"We want to stretch the resources and serve as many people as we can. Last year the three large programs served about 35,000 people. So you can see that we want to stretch those resources so that we can get everybody that needs help," said Laveta Noble, director of Operation Holiday.

Qualifying applicants must apply in person and bring proof of identification, address, and income. Applicants will be interviewed to find out their family's needs.

Applications for Mission of Hope are being accepted until Nov. 21, while Operation Holiday applications are accepted until Nov. 30.

For more information on Mission of Hope, click here.

For more information on Operation Holiday, click here.

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