By Sia Nyorkor
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
4:24 PM CST, November 26, 2012
The holidays are typically known as the season for giving but there are some who use it as an opportunity to take.
Operation Holiday launched right before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The program has already collected more than a $170,000 in donations of food, clothing and cash. The bulk of those items are sitting in a warehouse waiting to be claimed by those in need.
Le Veta Noble has a responsibility she takes seriously: the security of food donations she's received from the food bank.
This truck full of goods will be transferred to a warehouse where her group, Inter-Faith Ministries, is hosting Operation Holiday. It's a program that has served families in need for the last 50 years.
"We are trying to serve as many people as we can. We'll serve over 5,000 families in a few weeks, so we need every donation that comes in," says Noble.
With that generosity, also comes a fear that some will try to take things that don't belong to them.
Back in 2009, thieves stole a thousand dollars worth of items from a Toys for Tots warehouse.
Operation Holiday says they're prepared to keep their donations secure.
If anyone were to unlawfully enter the building, the motion detector would pick it up and trigger an alarm.
They've partnered with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office, who is donating deputies to help patrol the building. there also won't be any cash on hand to tempt potential thieves.
"We are in a world where a lot of people are hurting. I would believe the people that do those types of crimes are doing it because they have a need," says Noble.
A need that they hope they can help provide for, instead of make up for.
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