Making Spirits Bright Since 1960

For more than 60 years, HumanKind Ministries has brought the community together to run Wichita’s largest holiday assistance program, Operation Holiday—helping our region’s most vulnerable residents get through the year’s coldest (and most expensive) months.


Operation Holiday 2023 applications will be open Nov. 1-30. Distribution will take place in an indoor format starting Tuesday, Dec. 12 to Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Operation Holiday Warehouse located at the former Wichita Central Library (223 S. Main St.). Individuals and families in Sedgwick County can apply below or by visiting an in-person application site. Case Manager pick-up will be Monday Dec. 11.



Item donations can be brought to the following locations:

  • HumanKind Admin Office – 829 N. Market
    Monday-Thursday, 8:30a-5:00p; and Friday, 8:30a-Noon
  • Operation Holiday Warehouse – 223 S. Main St., (former Wichita Central Library)
    Monday-Wednesday, 8:00a-5:00p from Nov. 13-22
    Monday-Friday, 9:00a-5:00p and Saturday 9:00a-Noon from Nov. 27
  • Operation Holiday Collection Sites Coming Soon

Purchase a kid’s coat directly from our Operation Holiday Amazon Wishlist.


Additional information is available below, and more will be shared soon. You can also stay up to date by signing up for email updates and following us on Facebook and Instagram @HumanKindWichita.

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Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • 18 years or older (Emancipated teens age 17 may apply but must bring court documents)
  • Confirm their household has not submitted applications to another holiday program, one application per household
  • Live in Sedgwick County
  • Be prepared to choose a date and time for distribution
  • Be able to provide:
    • Proof of identification (photo I.D.)
    • Social security numbers or proof of identification for every member of the family (including children)
    • Birth date for all family members
    • Proof of income for all adult members of the household (September and October)
    • Telephone or Email
  • Eligibility is based on household income for the most recent two months. For example, if you apply on November 1, we will use your household income for September and October to determine your eligibility. See income eligibility above.

Thousands of low-income individuals and families rely on your support from Operation Holiday. Last year, we served more than 15,000 individuals, women, and men, providing them with food, grocery gift cards, children’s coats, toys, and more. This important work would not be possible without generous Wichitans like you, so please give what you can. Every dollar helps–no gift is too small.

During the winter season, many low-income and homeless individuals struggle to afford pet food for their furry family members. You can support our low-income neighbors and pets by making a monetary gift or by donating unexpired dog/cat food (5lb bags or smaller). Lets make the holiday season merry and bright for all!

Operation Holiday relies on the generosity of our community to share the magic of the holidays with thousands of low-income families. You can help by being a collection site for food, coats and more!


Contact us to be a collection site for this year’s Operation Holiday. Once we have your information, we will connect with you to provide an official OH collection box and schedule drop off times.


Collection boxes should be dropped off at the Operation Holiday warehouse, located in the former central library on 223 S. Main St. no later than Dec. 8th. If you have any questions regarding your Operation Holiday Collection box please email Community Engagement Coordinator Meredith, at

Volunteer opportunities are available in both our warehouse (located in the former Wichita Central Library) in November, December, and during distribution week (Tuesday, Dec. 12 to Saturday, Dec 16).

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