Operation Holiday in need of donations

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Just two weeks out from Inter-Faith Ministries’ Operation Holiday, donations are lacking.

“I couldn’t even offer a can per applicant at this point,” Director of Operation Holiday, Ashley Davis said.

Operation Holiday is a three-day event that provides food, grocery gift cards, pet food, winter wear and blankets for thousands of low-income families in Wichita. But this year donations just aren’t coming in. Especially when it comes to food and winter wear.

“I would imagine we are probably 2 to 3,000 blankets shy of our need this year and that’s a lot to come in in two and a half weeks,” Davis said.

Ashley Davis said by this point, they usually have many more donations already on hand.

She thinks she has an idea as to why donations are lower right now than in years past. 

“We have a little bit trickling through but I just really think that that early Thanksgiving and the bad weather has just now allowed people to get out there and get it going yet,” Davis said.

One of the current needs for Operation Holiday this year is blankets. Currently they only have a few hundred.

“That is it. That is all of the blankets that we have that have been donated yet this season,” Davis said.

With the winter months upon us, coats are always needed. Especially in larger adult sizes and kid sizes.

“I’d like a mom to come through and get a coat for each of her children if she needs it. Instead of having to say, ‘I’m sorry. I know you have 3 kids but you can only have one coat,’” Davis said.

Operation Holiday is taking donations on site at its warehouse located in the old Sears store in Towne West mall. 

Locations accepting donations:

  • Heartland Credit Union - 3777 N. Maize Rd. & 12021 E. Kellogg Dr. N.
  • Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop in Parklane Shopping Center - 1026 S. Oliver
  • Tad's Locker Room - 7447 W. 21st St. & 9747 E 21st St. (Cambridge Market)
  • ERA Great American Realty - 103000 W. Central 
  • Cherry Orchard Furniture - 5215 W. Central Ave.
  • Accident Recovery Team - 221 S. Topeka
  • Wichita Sports Forum - 2668 N. Greenwich Rd.
  • Davis-Moore Auto Group - 7675 E. Kellogg Dr. N.

You can also contact Toys for Tots for their donation locations.