Operation Holiday begins annual distribution of food, coats, and gifts

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Hundreds lined up to get a holiday food box and other goodies as Operation Holiday began its annual distribution on Thursday. Hundreds lined up to get a holiday food box and other goodies as Operation Holiday began its annual distribution on Thursday.
Volunteers keep the tables stocked with donated food items as recipients shop for their favorites for Christmas dinner. Volunteers keep the tables stocked with donated food items as recipients shop for their favorites for Christmas dinner.
Families that qualified for children's gifts from Toys for Tots picked those up as well. Families that qualified for children's gifts from Toys for Tots picked those up as well.
Volunteers in red Santa hats guided recipients through the process, making sure they got what they needed then helping them get it all out to the car. Volunteers in red Santa hats guided recipients through the process, making sure they got what they needed then helping them get it all out to the car.
Santa handed out candy canes to the kids while they waited their turn to go through the warehouse. Santa handed out candy canes to the kids while they waited their turn to go through the warehouse.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

One of the city's biggest charities kicked off its annual holiday event Thursday.  

Operation Holiday helps distribute boxes filled with food, clothes, and blankets to families in need.  Hundreds stood in line today to pick-up their donated items.

Operation Holiday organizers expect to help some 14,000 people this year.  Despite that, Interfaith Ministries, which organizes the event, says this year donations have been low.

It's not too late if you want to help by volunteering or donating.  They are still accepting donations through the weekend.  And anyone who wants to volunteer can come on by.  They're working out of the old Sears store in Town West this year.

Folks getting donations now had to apply ahead of time.  If your family needs help this Christmas but didn't apply you can stop by after noon on Saturday.  The gift boxes will be handed out through Sunday. 

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