Operation Holiday distribution begins

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Inter-Faith Ministries' Operation Holiday is in full effect and ready to begin handing out donated items to the community starting Thursday.

Operation Holiday hopes to help nearly 14,000 individuals this holiday season.

The event has been collecting food, clothing, toys and all sorts of things people may need since November. Operation Holiday Director, and self proclaimed "Head Elf," Ashley Davis says the event has been going on for more than sixty years, but each year it wouldn't be possible without the support of the community.

" It's a project that starts from scratch every year and with the help of very generous community members, we end up being able to serve about 14,000 people a year," Davis said.

Davis says the number of people helped fluctuates between 11,000 to 15,000 each year. The donation distribution often coincides with that of the Salvation Army, and the organization works with the Salvation Army to ensure there is no overlap between the people they help.

Applicants who were approved can begin showing up to the Operation Holiday temporary storefront located on the west side of Towne West Square at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. The distribution runs through Saturday and late application from those seeking assistance will be taken, beginning at noon on Saturday.